The debate around the budget for the new EU Frameworkprogramme is part of the discussion on the general budget of the European Union who will have to work without the contributions of Great Britain in the future. At the same time, the EU jointly has to address new challenges. In this context, the European Commission has suggested a budget of 91,4 Mrd. EUR for Horizon Europe, whereas a High Level Expert Group led by Pascal Lamy has asked for 160 Mrd. EUR in their report on the future of the Frameworkprogramme. The European Parliament currently calls for a budget of 120 Mrd. EUR. The final budget for European research funding as from 2021 will depend on the outcome of the negotiations on the EU general budget that is currently expected for early 2019 (but not guaranteed).
With Horizon Europe, the Commission intends to continue the focus of Horizon 2020: Excellence, Application Orientation, Open Science. The Three-Pillar-Structure of the programme will be maintained, although with some new aspects.
Many actors in Brussels would like to see the general budget negotiations concluded in spring 2019, as the European Parliament and the current European Commission will end their terms next year. This would be a novelty in Brussels affairs, as these extensive negotiations usually take two years to be finalised.
The European Parliament is currently preparing two reports on the Commission's proposal for Horizon Europe. The Draft Reports of the rapporteurs Christian Ehler und Dan Nica have already been published and will be commented by the Members of the European Parliament until the beginning of Spetember 2018. This represents an important step in the negotiations that was taken faster than usual. The two documents show already that there is need for discussion between Parliament and Commission - not only on budget matters, but above all on content matters of Horizon Europe. It is therefore very likely that the original Commission Proposal will see some amendments before Horizon Europe will finally be decided upon.
At the moment it is not yet clear how long the negotiations will really take. The date for the start of Horizon Europe remains nevertheless the same: 1st of January 2021.
Many science organisations and also the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have published their answers to the Commission Proposal, in which they give their opinion on concrete aspects of EU research funding from 2021 onwards.
The debate around the Work Programmes of Horizon Europe and thus the research topics to be called for from 2021 onwards will start in 2019. We will keep FU scientists regularly informed about these processes through our internal systems.
With its Brussels Liaison Office, FU Berlin actively participates in the debate around the EU Frameworkprogrammes by writing position papers and participating in public consultations - either under the roof of the Federal State of Berlin or together with European partners. You will find an overview of these papers via this link.
The EU Liaison Office Brussels is at your disposal for any questions concerning the preparation of the next EU Frameworkprogramme for Research and Innovation.