Unusually for this Newsletter, we are passing on information that is not the work of a structure or association, but rather has been produced by experts who have been identified as elements of strategic reference by the European Commission’s DG for Research.
Horizon Europe is the name of the European Commission’s outline research programme for 2021-2027. The new aspect lies in the fact that the Programme is structured around the concept of the Mission: “A mission is a portfolio of actions across disciplines intended to achieve a bold and inspirational and measurable goal within a set timeframe, with impact for society and policy making as well as relevance for a significant part of the European population and wide range of European citizens.”
Five Missions have been identified: i) Adaptation to climate change, including societal transformation; ii) Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters; iii) Climate neutral and smart cities; iv) Cancer; and finally v) Soil Health and Food.
Every Mission has a Board of “consultants” drawn from academia, from the public and private sectors, and from civil society. The complete list of all the designated experts is available on the DG Research site linked to below. In the specific case of the Board of the Soil Health and Food, the Mission consists of 15 people including one Italian: Catia Bastioli from Novamont SpA. The job of the Boards is not to assess actions or projects, but to help to define strategically the research themes that will subsequently be dealt with through projects selected by specific competitive tenders.