European Technology platforms present a statement on Strategic Planning and Missions in Horizon Europe

Seven European Technology and Innovation Platforms in renewable energy, including the RHC-ETIP and the ETIP-DG, in collaboration with EUREC and the ETIP-SNET (dealing in smart grids and storage), recently released a paper on the novelties introduced by Horizon Europe, the EU’s flagship research and innovation programme for the period 2021-2027. Among these novelties are Strategic Planning and Missions.

Strategic Planning refers to a process whereby the areas of research and innovation that are eligible to be funded are fine-tuned and defined, possibly in a funding plan that spans several years. “Missions” are catchily-worded headlines for specific achievements that the EU wants to aim for by a certain date. They describe a challenge that is at least in some way technological, but that might rely heavily on behavioral change induced by regulation to be realised.

The ETIPs have examined what these might mean for governance around European energy technology policy. The paper cab be downloaded here.