Horizon Europe, the European funding program for research and innovation, will start again at the beginning of 2021. It is considered to be the biggest transnational research funding initiative world-wide. According to the current status of the discussion, it will have a budget of around 95.4 billion euros. We have compiled an article with all information on the Horizon Europe program here.

Review: Veneta has already taken the journey

Our Startup Europe Ambassador Veneta Ivanova has successfully gone through the long journey in the course of the Horizon project. While it was an effort that might be compared to running a marathon every week for two years, she looks back with a broad smile and highly recommends anyone to go through this experience, as in the end, it’s more than worth it.

Veneta Ivanova,
Start-up Europe Ambassador at Silicon Alps

“Be brave and submit your Horizon project!”

To land a Horizon project is extremely time-consuming – and on top of that, compared to other calls, the success rate is rather low. Creating deliverables, reports, and the related organizational work – including the certainly complex but at the same time regulated billing (yes, the “AGA – Annotated Model Grant Agreement” contains over 840 pages of legal information) – let’s say do not look overly inviting at first glance.

An exciting adventure begins…

Nevertheless, once you have made the effort to write your proposal for a project and the EU Commission considers the proposal to be promising, an exciting adventure begins: Cooperation partners come together at EU-level who might otherwise never have come together. The shared work on projects makes it possible to accelerate/achieve technical progress (innovation) in the context of global challenges.

Wonderful cross-border synergies arise between university institutions, industries, startups/scaleups, and SMEs. Furthermore, the regions are strengthened through the transfer of knowledge, the competitiveness of the individual players (companies) is strengthened and of course, last but not least, it is supported with a budget of 100 billion Euros (2021-2027).

Rise, fall, fail, learn, and rise again…

Does everything always go smoothly? No! Are there failures? A lot, also known as “learnings” 🙂 Is it exhausting? Well, that’s a clear “yes”. However, you will be rewarded with great joy and satisfaction when you look back at the output and the dynamics that come along the project and the long path that you have walked with competent, smart, and great people. And the end of this path usually leads to the beginning of something new.

Take the challenge!

Hence my appeal to all motivated brains out there who are facing the global challenges: Dare to submit a Horizon project! Take advantage of the official information dates that are offered, get the necessary know-how, and, above all, always have positive expectations. Off to the laptop!


´To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more satisfying?” Katharine Graham

H2020/DeepTech4Good Consortium after the DeepTech4Good Event in Barcelona / Apr 2018. Left to right: Silvia Castellvi Catala (i2cat/Spain), Thomas Gäßler (PhBW/Germany), Andreas Niederl (Joanneum Research/Austria), Veneta Ivanova (Silicon Alps/Austria), Samantha Michaux (Steinbeis Europa/Germany), Paul Stefanut (Opticsvalley/France).

H2020/DeepTech4Good Consortium at the DeepTech4Good Event in Stuttgart I Nov. 2018. Veneta Ivanova (Silicon Alps/Austria), Samantha Michaux (Steinbeis Europa/Germany), Rosa Pardell (i2cat/Spain), Janina Kouvaris (Steinbeis Europa/Germany), Silvia Castellvi Catala (i2cat/Spain), Andreas Niederl (Joanneum Research/Austria), Paul Stefanut (Opticsvalley/France), Gawel Walczak (Secpho/Spain), Thomas Gäßler (PhBW/Germany).


Please find the detailed program for January 2021 here.