Candidates

Identifying European Partnerships is an integral part of Horizon Europe’s strategic planning process. This will ensure alignment with the programme’s priorities.

The Commission carried out an extensive co-creation exercise to identify the priorities for European Partnerships. Besides all Services, Member States and stakeholders have been involved as part of the Horizon Europe strategic planning.

The Strategic Plan needs to contain the identified co-programmed and co-funded European Partnerships and is a Commission Decision subject to the comitology procedure. The Institutionalised Partnerships are based on Articles 185 and 187 TFEU and follow the procedure for the legislative acts. All European Partnerships are being brought together in one document.

The process resulted in a portfolio of 49 candidates for European Partnerships which have now been taken into the next step of preparations. Results from the structured consultation of EU countries are summarised in the report European Partnerships under Horizon Europe: results of the structured consultation of Member States

For institutionalised partnerships, the Commission has published inception impact assessments to inform citizens and stakeholders about the Commission's plans. An open public consultation covering all institutionalised partnerships candidates based on Articles 185 and 187 was carried out between September and November 2019. The full impact assessments will be published at the time that the Commission adopts the legislative proposals.

The current list of candidate European Partnerships can be found in Annex 7 of the Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe.

Full details of candidates, draft proposal documents and contact details are available on the Commission’s website.

Horizon Europe Partnership Candidates

Candidates for European partnerships with the most likely form and envisaged time of implementation

Partnership Candidate Likely form of implementation*

WP 2021/22 or A185/7 in 2021

WP 2023/24
Cluster Health
EU-Africa Global Health Partnership A185/A187/CP X
Innovative Health Initiative A187/CP X
European partnership for chemicals risk assessment CF X
ERA for Health CF X
Large-scale innovation and transformation of health systems CF X
Personalised Medicine CF (CP) X
Rare Diseases CF (CP) X
One Health/AMR CF (CP) X
Cluster Digital, Industry and Space
High Performance Computing A187 X
Key Digital Technologies A187/CP X
Smart Networks and Services A187/CP X
AI, data and robotics CP X
Photonics Europe CP X
Clean Steel - Low Carbon Steelmaking CP X
European Metrology A185 X
Made in Europe CP X
Carbon Neutral and Circular Industry CP X
Global competitive space systems CP X
Geological Service for Europe (likely to be withdrawn, priority to be implemented differently)
Cluster Climate, Energy and Mobility
Transforming Europe's rail system A187/CP X
Integrated Air Traffic Management A187/CP X
Clean Aviation A187/CP X
Clean Hydrogen A187/CP X
Built environment and construction CP X
Towards zero-emission road transport CP X
Mobility and Safety for Automated Road Transport CP X
Zero-emission waterborne transport CP X
Batteries: Towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain CP X
Sustainable, Smart and Inclusive Cities and Communities CF X
Clean Energy Transition CF X
Cluster Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
Accelerating farming systems transition CF/CP X
Animal health: Fighting infectious diseases CF/CP X
Environmental Observations for a sustainable EU agriculture CF (CP) X
Rescuing biodiversity to safeguard life on Earth CF X
A climate neutral, sustainable and productive Blue Economy CF X
Safe and Sustainable Food System for People, Planet & Climate CF X
Circular bio-based Europe A187/CP X
Water4All CF/CP X
Other Pillars
Innovative SMEs CF X
European Science Cloud (EOSC) CP X

* Likely form of implementation:

  • CF: Co-funded European Partnerships
  • CP: Co-programmed European Partnerships
  • CF/CP: Either implemented as CF or CP
  • CF (CP): Most likely implemented as CF, maybe as CP
  • A185/A187: Institutionalised European Partnerships

More information on the types of European Partnerships

Related Files

European Partnerships under Horizon Europe: results of the structured consultation of Member States

In May 2019, the Commission launched a consultation of Member States on 44 possible candidates for European Partnerships as part of a strategic coordinating process ...

In May 2019, the Commission launched a consultation of Member States on 44 possible candidates for European Partnerships as part of a strategic coordinating process to ensure their early involvement in the prioritisation and definition of objectives and scope. 
The feedback provided by 30 countries (all Member States, Iceland and Norway) has been analysed by the Commission services and summarised (overall and per partnership candidate) in this report. It will inform the discussion at the Shadow Strategic Programme Committee meeting on 27 June 2019 on critical / strategic issues identified. Furthermore, the results of the consultation will feed the Impact Assessment work for partnership candidates based on Article 185 or 187 TFEU, as well as the preparation of all partnerships.

Last Change: 27/06/2019
Publisher: European Commission

Category: Report

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