Multichannel campaign blitz begins to seize £82 billion Horizon Europe opportunities for innovation, jobs, and global impact

Posted on January 31, 2024

The Government have launched a campaign to ensure UK organisations, including the space sector, seize a share of the £82 billion funding opportunity for innovation, jobs, and global impact from Horizon Europe.

Last Autumn, the UK agreed to join Horizon Europe – giving UK businesses and researchers access to the world’s largest research and development collaboration programme.

As part of a push to drive up applications, businesses and researchers are being encouraged to seize the enormous opportunities presented by the programme. The average Horizon Europe grant is worth £450,000 to a UK business. In addition to funding, collaboration with European partners through the programme can help unlock export markets for UK businesses.

Researchers, academics, and businesses of all sizes can bid for a share of the more than £80 billion available through the programme. It builds on the government’s record-breaking backing for R&D, with a commitment to invest £20 billion in UK R&D by 2024-25, borne out in recent announcements like the £500 million boost to the AI Research resource and the £50 million for battery manufacturing R&D announced in the Autumn Statement.

Further information, including practical support on how to apply is available on Innovate UK’s website. Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) also host regular events that help guide businesses and researchers through the opportunities on offer and the application process. More info can be found via the above link.

The is also a national contact point for space, who can advise on how to form a consortium and how to apply for funding – email:


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