Horizon WIDERA 2023 Call - European Excellence Initiative

Publication date
November 29, 2022
April 13, 2023
Short description


The European Excellence Initiative in its widening dimension aims to raise excellence in science and in knowledge valorisation of Europe’s universities through cooperation. The action will engage with universities and empower them further to be actors of change.

Through the geographically inclusive cooperation and practice exchange in the European Universities alliances, universities from different capacities benefit and institutional changes towards increased attractiveness and access to excellence are accelerating (connected to ERA policy agenda action 16).

By developing closer cooperation with economic and industrial partners within local and regional innovation ecosystems, academic researchers and support staff will be provided the opportunity to be trained in knowledge valorisation, entrepreneurship, access to finance, at any stage of their careers (connected to ERA policy agenda action 7 and 15), and to take into account the variety of academics’ activities in their career assessment (specifying ERA policy Agenda action 3 and 4).

Cooperation of universities will be supported to create critical R&I mass and pursue specific objectives that contribute to accelerating key areas of own choice, such as the Green Deal and Mission areas. The European Excellence Initiative in its widening dimension is open to any network of universities, not only to European Universities alliances, and allows for variable geometries (where for instances universities participating in alliances for specific themes may team up with other partners to pursue other specific themes or objectives). Under this call the centre of gravity of the action must be in widening countries. Applicants have to convincingly demonstrate this geographical focus e.g. by a budget allocation of at least 70% to participants from widening countries.

Expected Outcome

  • Successful institutional reform and upgrade of higher education institutions in the R&I dimension (empowerment to be actors of change), through integrated collaboration between institutions and with other actors in local ecosystems;
  • Mainstreamed culture of excellence in science and value creation amongst higher education institutions, and particularly in laggard institutions and countries, through consolidation of geographically inclusive and sustainable cooperation networks of higher education institutions, achieving long-term collaboration;
  • Accelerated institutional reform in R&I dimension and strengthened R&I capacities in higher education institutions, notably those located in widening countries, in particular;
    • Modernised research careers in higher education sector, interoperable with other sectors;

    • Accelerated digital transition of the R& I dimension of the higher education sector across the entire ERA;
  • Increased global competitiveness of research in higher education institutions by strongly increased critical mass in terms of upskilling, knowledge creation and knowledge circulation in the green transition and other key European policy areas such as European Missions;
  • Contribution to implementation of the relevant ERA Policy Agenda actions in higher education sector.


View the Call in the Funding and Tenders Portal

Find all details and extensive information about the Call under the Horizon Widera Work Programme 2023-2024

Call identifier
  • Horizon Europe / H2020
Geographical focus
  • Horizon Europe
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

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