European partnerships in Horizon Europe
What are European partnerships?
European Partnerships bring together the European Commission and private and / or public partners to address some of Europe’s most pressing challenges through concerted research and innovation initiatives. They are a key implementation tool of Horizon Europe and contribute significantly to the achievement of EU political priorities.
By bringing together private and public partners, European partnerships help to avoid duplication of investments and help reduce the fragmentation of the research and innovation landscape in the EU.
Find out more about European partnerships in our infographic.
Types of partnership
The aim of European partnerships with the EU and associated countries, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders is to tackle global challenges and modernize the industry.
The Horizon Europe proposal defines the conditions and principles for establishing European partnerships. There are 3 types.
European partnerships co-programmed
These are partnerships between the Commission and private and / or public partners. They are based on memoranda of understanding and / or contractual arrangements.
European partnerships co-financed through a program co-financing action
Partnerships involving EU countries, with research funders and other public authorities at the heart of the consortium.
Institutionalized European partnerships
These are research and innovation partnerships between the Union, EU Member States and / or industry.
These partnerships require legislative proposals from the Commission and are based on a Council Regulation (Article 187) or a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council (Article 185). They are implemented by dedicated structures created for this purpose.
Institutionalized partnerships will only be implemented when other parts of the Horizon Europe program, including other types of partnership, do not achieve the desired objectives or expected impacts.
EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (CCI) are also institutionalized partnerships. The EIT KICs aim to address skills shortages and are already established under Horizon 2020. The main partners of the EIT KICs are higher education institutions, research organizations, businesses and others. other stakeholders.
Identifying European partnerships is an integral part of Horizon Europe’s strategic planning process. This will ensure alignment with program priorities.
In line with the Better Regulation agenda, the Commission has carried out impact assessments which have helped identify candidates for partnerships.
The portfolio of European partnerships includes 49 applicants who have now moved to the next stage of preparations.
For institutionalized partnerships, the Commission has published initial impact assessments to inform citizens and stakeholders about the Commission’s plans. Initial impact evaluations are preliminary studies to see at an early stage whether a partnership is feasible. These can be found on the Have your say website.
An open public consultation covering all applicants for institutionalized partnerships on the basis of Articles 185 and 187 was carried out between September and November. The full impact assessments will be published when the Commission adopts the legislative proposals.
The current list of candidate European partnerships can be found in Annex 7 of the Guidelines towards the first strategic plan for Horizon Europe.
The results of the structured consultation of EU countries are summarized in the report European partnerships in the framework of Horizon Europe: results of the structured consultation of the Member States
The candidates for the partnership are gathered in 5 fields.
Full details of applicants, draft proposal documents and contact details below.
Strategic coordination process
As part of the strategic approach of European partnerships, a new governance framework – the strategic coordination process – is established.
The aim of this process is to support an evidence-based policy for EU research and innovation partnerships and a strategic vision of their landscape.
It will provide a consolidated view of the progress made by the partnerships. By working with EU countries, it aims to increase the visibility and impact of participation in European partnerships at national level.
Concretely, the strategic coordination process aims to
- support community building and mutual learning through partnerships
- increase visibility and strengthen communication and consultation with stakeholders
- provide decision-makers and partnerships with the evidence base
- prepare strategic discussions on key policy issues
- ensure a feedback loop from EU countries and partnerships on the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of portfolio developments
How is it implemented?
The strategic coordination process will include a number of well coordinated elements to ensure that it achieves its objectives.
At the center is a knowledge hub on partnerships which enables interactions and working meetings between the Commission, EU countries and Horizon Europe associated countries, as well as the representatives of the partnership and which facilitates the work. according to all the objectives of the strategic coordination process.
A Partnership Stakeholder Forum, an annual event bringing together the entire community, provides a place for networking, broadening engagement, sharing experiences, and discussing policies and practical dimensions related to partnerships.
A strategic discussion will take place on the future governance of the European Research Area, prepared by the knowledge hub of the partnership.
Monitoring report and expert group
An EU research and innovation partnership monitoring report, published every two years, will be the most visible outcome of the strategic coordination process, providing a transparent and factual overview of the partnership landscape.
The first baseline report is scheduled for the end of 2021.
An expert group independent from the Commission has been set up for the duration of January 2021 to 20 June to support the development of the monitoring and reporting framework for partnerships under Horizon Europe, including by supporting the drafting of the first monitoring report (baseline).
Coherence and synergies of the candidates for the partnership
Within Horizon Europe, partnerships should establish formal and regular collaboration with other relevant research and innovation initiatives. This should be reflected in their governance models and joint actions.
The following documents guide the work on coherence and synergies by defining the general framework and drawing on the lessons learned from the analysis of the partners’ draft proposals.
They also provide an overview of the current state of potential synergies between European partnerships and other EU programs.
These texts reflect the situation in October 2020 and will serve as a basis for the further development of collaboration between the partnerships. They do not reflect the final position of the Commission.