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EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation

With around 95 billion euros, Horizon Europe is the largest EU funding program for research and innovation. The interim evaluation of the program, which runs from 2021 to 2027, shows that NRW can advertise with an excellent interim result, as around 800 million euros of the approximately 28 billion euros in funding distributed so far has flowed to NRW. The event “Horizon Europe.NRW – Success at a glance”, organized by the Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW (Zenit GmbH) on 14 March 2024 in Düsseldorf, showed the status and outlook of EU-funded projects from NRW.

“Researchers from NRW have exceeded expectations and are participating more actively than ever in European projects,” said Ina Brandes, Minister of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in her welcoming address.

The goals of the program are as follows:

  • Support the development of a climate-neutral continent
  • Promote digitalization
  • Support investment in new knowledge and transfer to relevant industries
  • Be open to internationally relevant partners
  • Research for greater resilience of the economy and society

Participants from NRW are supported by

  • Advice and support for applications and projects from Zenit GmbH, EU offices at universities and research institutions, national contact points, EU cooperation office of the scientific organizations (KoWi)
  • Assistance in finding partners and support in forming consortia from NRW.Europa, the NRW network node Zenit GmbH, NRW.Bank, NRW.Global Business and IHK.NRW

Do you want to implement innovations as a company and are you looking for partners for technology projects, are you interested in internationalization or do you need information on funding for innovative ideas? Then the Center for Innovation and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia (Zenit) is your contact ( ,, Tel.: 0208 30004-0).