Building upon the success of Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe aims to solve the greatest challenges of our time, such as adapting to climate change, fighting cancer, helping to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, all while boosting the EU’s overall competitiveness and growth. This new programme offers a budget of €95.5 billion over 7 years (2021-2027).

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    Ireland has transformed itself over the past 40 years into one of Europe’s top ten innovation nations

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    Over 2,700 Irish organisations have been involved in Horizon 2020 projects

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    Ireland enjoys a strong track record in European Framework Programmes, winning €1.2 billion in funding through Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)

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    Irish SMEs enjoyed considerable success with Horizon 2020 funding, accounting for €307.2 million of the overall total

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    The budget allocated to Horizon Europe is about 30% larger than that of Horizon 2020

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    Higher level of international cooperation: more countries can access funding, as the EU is looking to engage with the brightest minds on Earth

Horizon Europe in numbers

Explore Ireland's success in Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe

Structure of Horizon Europe

Underpinned by an ambition to widen participation and strengthen the European Research Area, Horizon Europe is founded on three key pillars.

Cluster 5 Horizon Europe

Relates to Energy

Cluster 5 of the Horizon Europe programme is dedicated to climate, energy and mobility.

With an overarching goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, Cluster 5 of Horizon Europe, aims to drive the twin green and digital transition for the benefit of our economy, industry, and society. Through transformation of our mobility, energy, construction and production sectors, the programme strives to position Europe as the leading digitally enabled, circular, climate neutral and sustainable economy.

There are two destinations dedicated to energy within Cluster 5.

Destination 3: Sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply

  • This Destination aims to create a more efficient, clean, sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply through the development of new solutions for smart grids and energy systems based on efficient renewable energy solutions.

  • Destination 3’s focus is to deliver impact across three main areas; global leadership in renewable energy; energy systems, grids and storage; and carbon capture, utilisation and storage.

Destination 4: Efficient Sustainable and inclusive energy use

  • Steered by EU policies such as the European Green Deal, the Renovation Wave and Industry Strategy, Destination 4 aims to ensure the efficient and sustainable use of energy, which is accessible for all, through a clean energy system and a just transition.

  • The focus of this Destination is on innovations that boost energy efficiency and reduce energy demand across buildings and industry.

Cluster 5 Funding Opportunities