Widening participation and spreading excellence

Widening Participation and Spreading Excellence actions under Horizon Europe, contribute to building research and innovation capacity for countries lagging behind.

Policy and strategy

This programme contains actions that on one hand contribute to the building of research and innovation capacity for Widening countries, and on the other is also aimed at supporting the consolidation and impact of the European Research Area, with measures funded in a variety of different thematic areas, in line with the policy objectives of the European Research Area.

They will strengthen their potential for successful participation in transnational research and innovation processes, promote networking and access to excellence.

Participants in the programme will be able to upgrade their research and innovation systems, making them stronger and allowing the EU as a whole to advance together, in line with the policy objectives of the European Research Area.

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Innovate UK is offering travel support for companies to attend consortia-building events in Europe. Our travel awards are an excellent mechanism for supporting companies who want to expand their networks across Europe and make an impact in collaborative international research and development projects.

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Areas of intervention

Teaming: Support/create centres of excellences as role models to stimulate excellence, new investments and reforms of national research and innovation systems.

Twinning: Develop excellence in chosen research and innovation domain, increase visibility of the research institutions and universities, and upskill its staff.

ERA Chairs, to support universities or research organisations from eligible countries to attract and maintain high quality human resources and help excellent scientists and their teams to become game changers in their field.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST),cross-border scientific network helping excellent researchers and innovators get access to the European and international networks.

Work programme summary and download

This Work Programme aims to contribute to expected impacts as set out by the strategic plan.


Legal and Financial information and support

Here you can find information on administrative procedures, financial issues and contractual provisions in connection with Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020 and previous European framework programmes.

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Widening Participation

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