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Horizon 2020

What is it ?

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly € 80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014-2020).

It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.


Horizon 2020 is structured around three pillars having each specific objectives :

  1. Excellent science

    Horizon 2020 will bolster the EU's position as a world leader in science, attracting the best brains and helping our scientists collaborate and share ideas across Europe. It will help talented people and innovative firms boost Europe's competitiveness, creating jobs along the way, and contributing to a higher standard of living benefiting everyone.

  2. Industrial leadership

    Europe needs to invest in promising and strategic technologies, such as those used in advanced manufacturing and micro-electronics. But public funding alone is not enough: the EU needs to encourage businesses to invest more in research, and target areas where they can work with the public sector to boost innovation.

    This "Industrial leadership" pillar consists of three specific objectives :

    • "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" will provide dedicated support for research, development and demonstration on ICT, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space ;
    • "Access to risk finance" will support the development of Union-level venture capital ;
    • "Innovation in SMEs" will provide SME-tailored support to stimulate all forms of innovation in SMEs, targeting those with the potential to grow and internationalise across the single market and beyond.

  3. Societal challenges

    The European Union has identified 7 priority challenges where targeted investment in research and innovation can have a real impact benefitting the citizen :

    • 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.

Who is it for ?

Horizon 2020 is open to participation by researchers from all over the world. It supports EACH research actor, whether public or private: businesses (small, medium or large), universities, research centres...

Why participate ?

To :
  • Take ideas from the lab to the market;
  • Make contact with the leading international players in your field ;
  • Expand your range of products and services ;
  • Reinforce your know-how ;
  • Integrate new markets ;
  • Finance your research and innovation activities.

How to participate ?

You need to respond as a consortium to one of the calls for proposals regularly launched by the European Commission. The best projects are selected according to an assessment carried out by a group of independant experts and available budgets.

When to participate ?

As of the 1st January 2014.


Rules for participation


The 7 societal challenges


The different types of actions


European Technology Platforms


Go to the ongoing calls for proposals

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