The selected projects will begin their research by the end of the year on a range of topics.

The European Commission recently signed grant agreements with 49 projects that successfully applied to Horizon Europe: Reforming and Enhancing the European R&I System and Research Infrastructures.

Find out more about these two funding opportunities and the upcoming projects below.

Reforming and Enhancing the European R&I System

Reforming the European R&I System is part of the Horizon Europe’s Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area call (Destination 3).

Call for funding opened on 08 June 2021 and closed on 23 September 2021.

Out of the 44 applications received, 20 projects covering 15 topics were funded, for a total of about 50.5 million euros of European Commission contribution.

Projects start between June 2022 and September 2022.

Find below an overview of the selected projects per call topic(s)/type(s) of action:

Call for proposals Call Topic / Type of Action Funded projects
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-09 Support for policy makers – Programme level collaboration between national R&I programmes, CSA Green ERA-Hub
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-20 Towards a Europe-wide training and networking scheme for research managers, CSA RM ROADMAP


HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-32 Standardisation Booster for fostering exploitation of FP-funded research results, CSA
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-40 Modelling and quantifying the impacts of open science practice, RIA PathOS
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-41 Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice, CSA WorldFAIR
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-43 Capacity-building for institutional open access publishing across Europe, CSA DIAMAS
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-44 Societal trust in science, research and innovation, RIA POIESIS



HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-45 Support to changes in the assessment of research and researchers to reward the practice of open science, CSA OPUS
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-60 A capacity-building and brokering network to make citizen science an integral part of the European Research Area, CSA ECS
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-61 Supporting and giving recognition to citizen science in the European Research Area, CSA Impetus
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-70 Developing a STE(A)M roadmap for Science Education in Horizon Europe. CSA Road-STEAMer



HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-80 Centre of excellence on inclusive gender equality in Research & Innovation, RIA INSPIRE
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-81 Policy coordination to advance the implementation of the ERA gender equality and inclusiveness objectives within Member States, CSA GENDERACTIONplus
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-90 The challenges of research ethics and integrity in response to crisis: the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, CSA PREPARED
HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-91 Ensuring reliability and trust in quality of Research Ethics expertise in the context of new/emerging technologies, CSA iRECS

Find out more about the calls in the Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area Work Programme 2021-2022.

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Research Infrastructures

Research infrastructures are facilities, resources, and services that allow researchers in Europe to conduct ground-breaking R&I. It includes research laboratories, scientific instrumentation and technologies, data resources, computational tools, and communication networks.

The European Commission funds these through Horizon Europe – Research Infrastructures in order to foster groundbreaking innovation to benefit citizens and society.

There were two calls for applications for funding in 2021. 29 projects have signed grant agreements with the European Commission.

For the standard call, the Commission made 207 million euros available across four sub-calls. REA received 48 applications by the deadline. Following evaluation, grant agreements were signed with 27 projects:

Call for proposals Call topic/Type of action Funded projects
HORIZON-INFRA-2021-DEV-01 Developing, consolidating and optimising the European research infrastructures landscape maintaining global leadership eRImote



RICH Europe



HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01 Enabling an operational, open and FAIR European Open Cloud System (EOSC) FAIRCORE4EOSC


EuroScience Gateway







HORIZON-INFRA-2021-SERV-01 Research infrastructure services to support health research, accelerate the green and digital transformation, and advance frontier knowledge EUROLABS










Next generation of scientific instrumentation, tools and methods BioDT




For the COVID-19 emergency call, the Commission made 33 million euros available. This call was launched to boost research efforts in response to the persistent COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on emerging SARSCov2 virus variants.

REA received four applications and following evaluation the Commission signed grant agreements with two projects:

Call for proposals Call topic/Type of action Projects
HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EMERGENCY-01 FAIR and open data sharing in support to European preparedness for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases By-COVID
HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EMERGENCY-02 Research infrastructure services for rapid research responses to COVID-19 and other infectious disease epidemics ISIDORE

Find out more about the calls in the Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2021-2022.

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Further information

These programmes fall under Horizon Europe—the European Commission’s framework for research funding. Both programmes are managed by the European Research Executive Agency (REA) and the calls for applications for funding opened and closed in 2021.

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Source: European Commission I European Research Executive Agency (