Horizon 2020 is the successor of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7). It is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over a time span of 7 years (2014 to 2020).
Through Horizon 2020, the European Commission (EC) aims at increasing Europe's competitive position by strengthening scientific knowledge and by stimulating innovation. In addition, the EC wishes to challenge business and academia to collaborate in creating solutions for pan-European societal challenges, such as climate change, ageing population, food safety & security, affordable renewable energy and resilient societies.
- Organisations that are involved in research, technological development and innovation on an international scale.
- Individual researchers.
Why participate in Horizon 2020?
Horizon 2020 offers the following opportunities:
- funding for research and innovation projects
- attracting and supporting researchers
- strengthening your international network
- acquiring new knowledge and expertise
Horizon 2020 is constructed around three pillars:
Pillar 1 "Excellent Science" with the following elements:
- European Research Council (ERC), for excellent frontier research
- Future and Emerging Technologies, collaborative research to open new fields of innovation
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), opportunities for training and career development
- Research Infrastructures (including e-infrastructure), ensuring access to world-class facilities
Pillar 2 "Industrial Leadership", consisting of:
- Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs):
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology
- Access to Risk Finance
- Innovation in SMEs
Pillar 3 "Societal challenges":
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research & the Bioeconomy
- Secure, clean and efficient energy
- Smart, green and integrated transport
- Climate action, 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
Horizon calls are published according to annual roadmaps that span a strategic period of 2 years.