Equal Opportunities in the Framework Program for Research and Innovation "Horizon Europe"


In 2021, the new EU framework program for research and innovation "Horizon Europe" will start. As in Horizon 2020 equal opportunities are seen as indispensable prerequisites for being able to generate European research and innovation at the highest level.


Gender equality will thus be a cross-cutting issue throughout the entire program in Horizon Europe. The "gender dimension in research and innovation", i.e. the consideration of biological and socio-cultural differences between men and women, is expected as standard in every call for proposals.

A new feature of Horizon Europe is that institutions wishing to participate in a proposal must present a gender equality plan for their institution.

A national Horizon Europe launch event is scheduled to take place in Aachen, Germany, on February 8, 2021. Participation will be possible online. High-level speakers will discuss the new direction of the program and present the new funding opportunities.