Association to Horizon Europe is governed by the Horizon Europe Regulation 2021/6951. Legal entities from Associated Countries can participate under equivalent conditions as legal entities from the EU Member States, unless specific limitations or conditions are laid down in the work programme and/or call/topic text. Such measures could include the limitation of participation in certain actions to legal entities established in the EU alone, or in the EU and specified non-EU countries, in order to safeguard the EU’s strategic assets, interests, autonomy or security. Limitations or conditions may also be attached to the participation of legal entities established in an eligible country but which are controlled directly or indirectly by an ineligible country2. The eligibility will be clearly defined in the work programme. There could also be criteria on the place of establishment of the legal entity to take into account specific policy requirements or the nature and objectives of the action3.
All sixteen non-EU countries associated to the previous programme, Horizon 2020, have also expressed interest to become associated to Horizon Europe. Other third countries have also expressed an interest in association.
Until association agreements start producing legal effects either through provisional application or their entry into force, the transitional arrangement set out in the General Annexes to the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022 is applicable (for the entire Programme, including ERC, EIC, EIT and the institutionalised European partnerships4) with regard to the following countries and legal entities established in these countries, with which association negotiations are being processed or where association is imminent (listed in the alphabetical order):
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Faroe Islands
- North Macedonia
- United Kingdom
Legal entities established in Switzerland are currently not covered by the transitional arrangement.
Liechtenstein does not intend to associate to Horizon Europe.
This list will be updated to reflect the status of the negotiations for association.
For the Euratom Research and Training Programme (Council Regulation (Euratom) 2021/765), Ukraine and United Kingdom are expected to become associated. The transitional arrangement described above applies to legal entities established in these countries.
Source and more information: List of participating Countries in Horizon Europe
To see whether your organisation is eligible for funding, check the call conditions on the Topic page.
In general, most EU funding programmes require that participants (Beneficiaries and Affiliated Entities) are:
- legal entities (public or private bodies, including international organisations)
- established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member State (including EU overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- eligible non-EU countries:
- EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway — if opted-in for the programme)
- associated countries (countries associated to the funding programme by paying a contribution — list differs for each programme).
Please be aware, however, that almost all programmes have additional criteria, which widen or narrow the group of entities that can apply. Some programmes are open to participants from the entire world (e.g. Horizon Europe) others are deliberately restricted to EU countries only (e.g. EDF).
In addition, the situation can be different from call to call even within a programme. It is therefore very important to carefully look at the call conditions.
Moreover, all participants (Beneficiaries, Affiliated Entities and Associated Partners) must be registered in the Participant Register and (by the time the grant is signed) be validated by the Central Validation Service (Beneficiaries and Affiliated Entities).