About Horizon 2020

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the European programme that finances research, innovation and technological development projects. The program started on January 1, 2014 and it is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

Horizon 2020 is divided into three pillars:

  • Excellent Science – which is addressed mainly on universities, research centres and aims to strengthen the EU’s overall position in research and innovation
  • Industrial Leadership – mainly designed for businesses in order to foster economic growth
  • Societal Challenges – aimed at the application of scientific research to reality especially in social issues such as health, environment, and security

And two specific objectives corresponding to its main priorities:

  • Spreading excellence & widening participation
  • Science With And For Society

Most of the Horizon 2020 calls are divided into topics, and calls can have different types of action (funding schemes).

The type of action specifies:

  • the scope of what is funded
  • the reimbursement rate
  • specific evaluation criteria to qualify for funding
What does Horizon 2020 finance?

Excellent Science:Excellent Science:

  • Funds for the European Research Centre (ERC), the European institution supporting scientific research
  • Funds for collaborative research to open new fields of Research and Innovation by supporting Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
  • Fellowships and mobility for researchers (Marie Curie fellowships)• Research infrastructures (supercomputers, clean environment for nanotechnologies, broadband, radiant sources for new materials, databases for genomics)

Industrial Leadership:

  • Consolidating Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT) (Information and Communication Technologies; Nanotechnologies; Advanced materials; Biotechnology; Advanced manufacturing and processing; Space)
  • Access to risk finance (improving access to loans, guarantees and other forms of risk capital)
  • Innovation in SMEs (new support tool to cover the whole cycle of innovation: initial assessment, creation and marketing)

Societal challenges:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
What is Horizon 2020 Work Programme?

Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting.

The current main Horizon 2020 work programme comprises an introduction, 17 thematic sections and the general annexes describing general rules such as standard admissibility conditions and eligibility criteria, selection and award criteria, etc. Each thematic section is self-contained, and describes the overall objectives, the respective calls for proposals, and the topics within each call.

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The Source: Participant Portal H2020 Online Manual