Horizon Europe – EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation (2021-2027)

The program provides:

strengthening the scientific and technological bases of the EU and the European Research Area (ESA)

stimulating the capacity for innovation, competitiveness and job creation in Europe

addressing citizens’ priorities and supporting our socio-economic model and values

The EU Council decided in July 2020 to allocate a budget of 80.9 billion Euros

The preliminary structure of the program includes 3 pillars:

Source: European Commission

What are clusters and what are they used for?

The importance of geographical location

a part of the competitive advantage is not created within the company or even the industry, but is the consequence of placing the respective industry in a region favorable to its development, a process that over time is self-sustaining.

Clusters are an immediate result of economic activity, which in turn has a direct impact, favorable or not, on economic performance, by:

  • increasing intra-company competencies, by encouraging specialization;
  • reduction of barriers to exports, because companies can act in consortia
  • favoring growth, because more companies acting in a coordinated way can generate a higher demand;
  • supporting development services

Emerging cluster

Agglomeration of enterprises, including SMEs, universities and research and development institutes, local public administrations, which does not yet have a management entity organized in a legal form or does not have a sustained collaborative activity between the companies / institutions that form the respective agglomeration.

Innovative cluster

A formally organized cluster, which aims to stimulate innovation by promoting sustained interactions between its members (exchange of facilities, know-how and expertise) and by effective contribution to research, development, innovation, technology transfer, networking and dissemination information between cluster members.