EU Funding Programme

Horizon 2020:

Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 – Excellent Science

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union. It incorporates all the current research and innovation funding known as: the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The Horizon 2020 focuses on three different areas, which are: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenge.

Excellent science programme aims to support world leading scientists in blue sky research, providing training and career development opportunities, developing future and emerging technologies and EU research infrastructures. Its objectives are to strengthen research in Future and Emerging Technologies, strengthen skills through the Marie Curies Actions and strengthen European Research Infrastructures including e-infrastructures.

The European Research Council (ERC) will provide substantial grants to top-level individual researchers working in Europe. Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) opens up new fields of research and innovation, whilst the Marie Curie Actions develops research and innovation skills through the training, mobility and career development of researchers. Other funding will also be available for supporting access to, and networking of priority research infrastructures across Europe.

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Horizon 2020 – Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation’ is a specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation. The measure is targeted at low-performing Member States in terms of research and innovation.

• The Teaming action will provide new opportunities to the parties involved, with real prospects for growth through tapping into new collaboration and development patterns.
• Twinning helps strengthening a defined field of research in a knowledge institution through linking with at least two internationally-leading counterparts in Europe.
• The ERA Chairs scheme provides support for universities and other research institutions to attract and maintain high quality human resources and implement the structural changes necessary to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis.
• The Policy Support Facility aims to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of national/regional research and innovation policies.
• Supporting access to international networks for excellent researchers and innovators who lack sufficient involvement in European and international networks will include support provided through COST.
• Strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of transnational networks of National Contact Points allows financial and technical support and ensures the flow of information between them and the Horizon 2020 implementation bodies.

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Horizon 2020 – Science with and for Society

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

The ‘Science with and for Society’ programme addresses the European societal challenges tackled by Horizon 2020, building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society. It will make science more attractive (notably to young people), increase society’s appetite for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities.

It allows all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations etc.) to work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of European society. This approach to research and innovation is called Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

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Horizon 2020 – Industrial Leadership

The pillar ‘Industrial Leadership’ speeds up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow’s businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.

It consists of three specific objectives:
• Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – provides dedicated support for research, development and demonstration and, where appropriate, for standardisation and certification, on information and communications technology (ICT), nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space.
• Access to risk finance aims to overcome deficits in the availability of debt and equity finance for R&D and innovation-driven companies and projects at all stages of development.
• Innovation in SMEs – provides SME-tailored support to stimulate all forms of innovation in SMEs.

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Horizon 2020 – Societal Challenges

The pillar ‘Societal Challenges’ brings together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This covers activities ranging from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities. It includes establishing links with the activities of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP).

Funding focuses on the following 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

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