The European Commission is preparing the implementation of Horizon Europe, the next and most ambitious EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027) with a proposed budget of €100 billion, in an intensive co-design process. The process will help shape European research and innovation investments in the coming years. As part of the process, the Commission launched an online consultation. The consultation was open until September 8 and it refered to the ‘Orientations’ document:  “Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan implementing the research and innovation framework programme Horizon Europe

The consultation collected input from across Europe and beyond. The inputs received will inform the work to prepare a ‘Strategic Plan’ for Horizon Europe, which will then guide the work programmes and calls for proposals for Horizon Europe’s first four years (2021-2024). Overall, the consultation will help identify impacts, spark debate and new ideas. A key event in this co-design process will be the European Research and Innovation Days in Brussels from 24 to 26 September 2019.

SUNRISE and ENERGY-X jointly prepared an “answer suggestion” document for the survey. Please be aware that the order of some options might appear different in the online survey. The aim of the suggested answers is to coordinate the response of the two communities, showing a high interest for a future large scale European research initiative on the area of sustainable approaches for the storage of renewable energy (solar and wind) through its conversion to fuels and commodity chemicals.

See the brief interim report on the web-based consultation.


Proposed structure of the future Horizon Europe Programme