European Commission opens call for Horizon Europe mission boards

The mission approach is one of the newly planned features of the next framework programme Horizon Europe. A number of missions will be included in the programme and these will be specifically focused on global challenges. The target would be clearly measurable and need to be achievable with a portfolio of research and innovation measures.

The call for expression of interest for members of five Mission Boards was launched by the EC on 13 May 2019 to help specify, design and implement missions for Horizon Europe.

It will be open until 11 June 2019.

The Commission is looking for a broad mix of experts from industry and innovation, research, policy making, practitioner organisations and also from end users, which are appointed in a personal capacity and have a deep commitment to the success of the missions. The Mission Boards will be implemented in two phases.

During the first phase, the main task of the Mission Boards will be to advise the Commission on the identification and design of one or more possible specific missions, with their respective objectives, indicators and timelines. In a second phase, and once the Horizon Europe framework programme and its budget is formally agreed, the Mission Boards will advise the Commission on the portfolio of

research and innovation activities needed to support the mission objectives, providing further advice on the mission implementation including preparation of dedicated mission calls in the Horizon Europe work programme, the criteria for selecting activities to fund, as well as on wider policy measures required to secure the success of the mission.

The EC is looking for up to 15 experts for each of the below mentioned missions:

Mission Board for Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation

Mission Board for Cancer

Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters

Mission Board for Climate-neutral and Smart Cities

Mission Board for Soil Health and Food

All information about call with the specific criteria and procedures for the groups can be found here.