Horizon Europe opens for New Zealand applications
Published: 17 February 2023
New Zealand researchers and organisations can now apply to Pillar 2 of Horizon Europe, the European Union’s (EU) largest ever research and innovation programme, on equal terms as researchers from EU Member States.
The arrangement makes New Zealand one of the first countries outside Europe eligible to participate in the programme.
Pillar 2 focuses on science that addresses major global challenges, such as climate change, energy and health and addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Research is arranged into 6 thematic clusters and proposals must come from consortia made up of at least 3 Horizon Europe member countries.
There are open calls for proposals that close in March or April 2023. To promote these opportunities and support New Zealand researchers with information needed to apply, MBIE and the European Commission’s research portal EURAXESS are holding roadshow sessions in venues nation-wide.
The transitional arrangement between New Zealand and the European Commission allowing New Zealand researchers to apply under Horizon Europe Pillar 2 will remain in place until a formal association agreement is approved by the New Zealand Cabinet and signed with the EU. Successful applications would move to contracts (grant agreements).
Horizon Europe is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with more than €95 billion (approx. NZD$160 billion) of funding available over 7 years (2021 to 2027).
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