The key objectives of Widening Participation and Spreading Excellence are

  1. Encourage institutional reforms and transformation processes of the R&I system at national and regional level in widening countries in line with ERA principles 
  2. Mobilise national investments in R&I capacity in widening countries 
  3. Raise the bar for excellence of R&I actors in widening countries in partnership with outstanding European and international institutions (‘win-win situation’) 
  4. Increase number of participations and success rates of widening actors in research and innovation projects in other parts of Horizon Europe (notably in pillars 2 and 3) 
  5. Promote the creation of new innovation ecosystems and upscaling of existing ones by a set of measures, which include, among other, place based and international collaboration between academia and business in widening countries 
  6. Foster brain circulation, including inter-sectoral mobility for researchers and innovators and turn it into brain gain for widening countries

Budget: 2 842 000 000 Euros