Horizon 2020 is the name of the eighth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2014-2020, following the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development - FP7.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Horizon 2020 is fully open to international participation.
Horizon 2020 funding opportunities
Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available. The preparation of work programmes involves the consultation of stakeholders.
Work Programme sections
The main Horizon 2020 work programme is structured in three main areas (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership, Societal Challenges) and comprises several thematic sections (f.e. European Research Council or Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions). Each thematic section is self-contained, and describes the overall objectives, the respective calls for proposals, and the topics within each call.
For more information about the work sections please follow this link.
How it works
Horizon 2020 is typically implemented through projects. It can also be implemented through public-private partnerships where all the partners concerned commit to support the development and implementation of research and innovation activities of strategic importance to the Union’s competitiveness and industrial leadership or to address specific societal challenges.
Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative enterprise to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential.
The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will:
- Strengthen the EU’s position in science. This will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including an increase in funding of 77% for the very successful European Research Council.
- Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
- Help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population.