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Partnerships

An important part of Horizon Europe is partnerships between public and private parties across the EU and Member States and associated countries. The 49 partnerships in Horizon Europe are divided into three types of partnerships and are thematically linked to one of the six programmes of pillar II.

Each partnership publishes calls for projects contributing to solving challenges in a given field. The calls are launched as part of Horizon Europe or at the national level. The partnerships furthermore enable the Member States to coordinate their national research and innovation agendas.

Types of Partnership

Horizon Europe has three (/four) overarching types of partnership. They will be launched in stages throughout the next seven years.

The following types of partnership exist:

1. Co-Programmed partnerships
2. Co-Funded partnerships
3. Institutionalised partnerships

Co-Programmed Partnerships

This type of partnership covers the European Commission, private and public partners such as industry and interest organisations, businesses, and in some cases also national research councils and other funding institutions. Co-Programmed partnerships are established with a Memorandum of Understanding among the actors.

The European Commission contributes with 60-70%, while the other parties primarily contribute in kind.

The partnerships are implemented through calls in the work programmes under pillar II - Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness. Calls are prepared independently by the partnerships. Typically, calls are open. The majority of partnerships in Horizon Europe will be of this type.

Co-Funded Partnerships

This type of partnership covers the European Commission and national funding institutions, generally research councils or ministries. Co-Funded partnerships are established with a Grant Agreement among the actors.

The European Commission generally contributes with 30-50%, while the remaining contribution is national. These partnerships are implemented through national calls.

Institutionalised Partnerships

This type of partnership is based on its own legal act and control body. However, calls are made pursuant to the rules of Horizon Europe.

Two types of these major partnerships exist:

  1. Article 185 partnerships between the European Commission and a number of Member States (extended form of co-funded partnership). A minority of partnerships in Horizon Europe will be of this institutionalised type.
  2. Article 187 partnerships between the European Commission and industry consortia (extended form of co-programmed partnership).

Overview of First Fourteen Partnerships

You can find an overview of the first fourteen partnerships, Danish contact persons, etc. here:

last modified Apr 08, 2022