Horizon 2020


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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Open Calls

 

INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

Dedicated SME Instrument 2016-2017

The SME instrument consists of three phases, including a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 or directly to phase 2:

- In phase 1, a feasibility study shall be developed in order to verify the technological/practical as well as economic viability of an innovation idea/concept with considerable novelty to the industry sector in which it is presented (new products, processes, design, services and technologies or new market applications of existing technologies). - In phase 2, innovation projects will be supported that address the specific challenges identified and that demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan. Activities should focus on innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication and the like aiming to bring an innovation idea (product, process, service etc.) to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, but may also include some research.

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Various

For a Better Innovation Support to SMEs

The following call for proposal is one element of a broader action to develop the ecosystem of innovation support to SMEs in Europe. Where appropriate, a highly specialised support service may be established at European level to complement existing national and regional services. Generally, the actions are designed to provide opportunities to Member States and regions to enhance their services through collaboration, peer-learning and uptake of new approaches.

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Various

Information and Communication Technologies Call

A novelty in Horizon 2020 is the Pilot on Open Research Data which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects. Projects funded under the ICT call of the Work Programme 2016-17 will by default participate in the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020. Projects have the possibility to opt out of the Pilot. Participation in the Pilot is not taken into account during the evaluation procedure. In other words, proposals will not be evaluated favourably because they are part of the Pilot and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.

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April 25, 2017

Internet of Things

Internet of Things - Focus Area (IoT- FA) ambition is to foster the take up of IoT in Europe and to enable the emergence of IoT ecosystems supported by open technologies and platforms. It will be addressed through a complementary set of activities structured around Large Scale Pilots. IoT Pilots will make use of the rich portfolio of technologies and tools so far developed and demonstrated in reduced and controlled environments and extend them to real-life use case scenarios with the goal of validating advanced IoT solutions across complete value chains with actual users and proving its enormous socio-economic potential.

Legal entities

April 25, 2017

ECSEL Innovation Action (IA)

An ECSEL Innovation Action (IA) primarily consists of activities aiming at pilot lines, test beds, demonstrators, innovation pilots and zones of full-scale testing. These activities produce plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes, methods and tools or services.

A ‘technology or method introduction’ aims at the development, testing, and implementation of new technologies, tools or methods

A 'demonstration or pilot' aims to validate the technical and economic viability of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution in an operational (or nearly operational) environment.

A 'market replication' aims to support the first application/deployment in the market of an innovation that has already been demonstrated but not yet applied/deployed in the market due to market failures/barriers to uptake.

Universities, Institutes, SMEs and large companies

 May 11, 2017 September 21, 2017

ECSEL Research and Innovation Action

An ECSEL Research and Innovation Action (RIA) primarily consists of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service, method, tool or solution. For this purpose they may include applied research, technology development and/or method/tool and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment.

Universities, Institutes, SMEs and large companies

 May 11, 2017 September 21, 2017

Materials for Clean Air

The objective pursued by this  prize is to reduce particulate matter air pollution in urban areas through the development of innovative material solutions. These solutions should be design-driven, affordable and sustainable, and they should demonstrate that they can effectively remove and/or prevent the formation of particulate matter in the atmosphere (vehicle exhaust systems will be excluded).

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January 23, 2018

       
       

SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

Competitive Low-Carbon Energy

Energy being a cross-cutting issue, the Horizon 2020 Energy Societal Challenge exploits synergies with other relevant areas, e.g. information and communication technologies and material-related research. In addition, the Energy Challenge contributes to the 'Blue Growth' focus area as well as to the Public Private Partnerships on Energy-efficient Buildings and Sustainable Process Industries (SPIRE). Whilst projects are expected to contribute to a more sustainable energy system, technology development is encouraged to comply with the Circular Economy principles.

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Various

Personalised Medicine

Beneficiaries will be allowed to charge the cost of clinical trials on the basis of unit costs established in line with a methodology set up in the Commission Decision (C2014) 1393, which is available on the Participant Portal.

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Various

SESAR 2020 Exloratory Research and Very Large Scale Demonstrations

This call for proposals includes a number of specific calls supporting investment in aviation and air traffic. Investments under these calls may include infrastructural and operational developments, as well as creating networks.

- Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
- Advanced Air Traffic Services: Seperation Management
- Optimised ATM Network Services:(TBO)
- Enabling Aviation Infrastructure:(CNS)
- ATM Operations, Architecture, Performance and Validation
- Arrival Management Extended to En-route airspace
- Integrated Airport
- Network collaborative Management
- Initial Trajectory Information sharing
- Efficient Services and Infrastructure delivery
- Increased access to airports for low visibility mixed fleet
- Applications for Trajectory based and queue Management using EPP Extended into oceanic/intercontinental Operations: inter-continental Trajectory based Operations enabled by Satellite based CNS
- Applications for improved flight trajectories using SWIM B2B Services
- Solutions for General Aviation and Rotorcraft
- Safe integration of drones

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March 22, 2017

H2020-JTI-IMI2-2016-09-TWO-STAGE

The objectives of this call are:
- adressing the clinical burden of Clostridium Difficile Infection
- Development of immune tolerance for the treatment of rheumatic diseases
- Data quality in preclinical research and development
- Next generation of electronic translational safety
- Identification and validation of biomarkers for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
- Joint influenza vaccine effectiveness studies

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March 28, 2017

FCH2 JU Call for Proposals 2017

• Development of fuel cell system technologies for achieving competitive solutions for aeronautical applications
• Towards next generation of PEMFC: Non-PGM catalysts
• Improvement of compressed storage systems in the perspective of high volume automotive application
• Demonstration of FC material handling and industrial vehicles
• Large scale demonstration in preparation for a wider roll-out of fuel cell bus fleets (FCB) including new cities – Phase two
• Large scale demonstration of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) road vehicles operated in fleet(s)
• Validation of Fuel Cell Trucks for the Collect of Urban Wastes
• Game changer Water Electrolysers
• Transportable FC gensets for temporary power supply in urban applications
• Validation and demonstration of commercial-scale fuel cell core systems within a power range of 10-100kW for selected markets/applications
• Demonstration of fuel cell-based energy storage solutions for isolated micro-grid or off-grid remote areas
• Game changer High Temperature Steam Electrolysers
• Reversible Solid Oxide Electrolyser (rSOC) for resilient energy systems
• Highly flexible electrolysers balancing the energy output inside the fence of a wind park
• Demonstration of large electrolysers for bulk renewable hydrogen production
• Liquid organic hydrogen carrier
• Development of flexible large fuel cell power plants for grid support
• Step-change in manufacturing of Fuel Cell Stack Components
• Development of next-generation SOFC stack for small stationary applications
• Limiting the impact of contaminants originating from the hydrogen supply chain
• Harmonisation of hydrogen gas trailers
• European Higher Training Network in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
• PNR for a safe use of liquid hydrogen
• Definition of Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) protocols deduced from understanding of degradation mechanisms of aged stack components in Fuel Cell systems

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April 20, 2017

Digital Security Focus Area

ICT-driven transformations bring opportunities across many important sectors but also vulnerabilities to critical infrastructures and digital services, which can have significant consequences on the functioning of society, economic growth and the technological innovation potential of Europe. These challenges are being addressed through innovative approaches that cross the boundaries of individual H2020 pillars, calls and challenges. Therefore the main research & Innovation activities in Digital Security are grouped in a dedicated focus area cutting across LEIT–ICT and Societal Challenges parts of the work programme, including evidently the Societal Challenge 7 on "Secure Societies", but also the Societal Challenge 1 on "Health, demographic change and wellbeing".

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April 25, 2017 August 24, 2017

Energy Efficiency Call 2016-2017

Actions are needed for the development and demonstration of cost-effective compact and fully integrated heating and cooling units installed at the building level. Applications should: demonstrate their cost-effective integration in buildings, demonstration of high values of seasonal performance, fossil fuel and/or primary energy savings considering a wide range of both new and existing buildings and allow for remote access and control. Proposals could develop methods and parameters to support design and installation of multi-component heating, cooling and/or hot water preparation solutions. Proposals should also include consumer information system on the overall system performance. In addition, remote inspection of these systems should be made possible. The solutions may include the use of renewable energy including heat pumps, co-generation, thermal storage or smart controls that should be used with the specific aim to minimise primary energy demand (gas, electricity).

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June 7, 2017

Horizon Prize - Engine Retrofit for Clean Air

The prize aim at spurring the development of engine and powertrain technologies using conventional fuels to reduce emissions of pollutants in real driving conditions to the lowest level possible, in order to improve air quality issues in European cities.

The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestants who in demonstrate a solution that best addresses the following cumulative criteria: demonstrate the reduction of emissions of NOx, particle numbers, CO, hydrocarbons in real driving down to the levels that will be defined in the prize regulation specifications and according to the weighting methodology defined therein, while ensuring low levels of undesired non-regulated pollutants.

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June 12, 2017 (Registration)

September 12, 2017 (Submission)

Horizon Prize - Birth Day

The Horizon Prize on reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality - the Birth Day Prize - will be awarded to the contestants who demonstrate a novel solution to improve the outcome of facility-based deliveries, which might be of clinical, technological or managerial nature, or a combination of these. Any solution must take full account of relevant social factors and have the potential of scaling up rapidly.

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September 6, 2017

Co-Creation for Growth and Inclusion

Europe has many competitive strengths: the talent and creativity of its people, a strong industrial base, a vibrant services sector, a performing education system, its position as the world's biggest trading bloc and leading destination for foreign direct investment. Likewise, Europe can also count on its strong values, democratic institutions, its consideration for economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity, and its respect for the environment and cultural diversity. The potential for societal and innovative development through co-creation in all sectors of society is widely recognised and the current socio-economic context, despite many difficulties, provides for manifold opportunities to fully exploit it.

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Various: starting October 15, 2017

Horizon Prize – Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016 - Photovoltaics Meets History

In Europe, architectural and planning rules for protected historic buildings lead to major technical constrains in integrating renewable energy such as photovoltaic. These problems call for innovative and creative solutions for building integrated photovoltaics that must combine technology with the artistic and cultural heritage of a city/district. This inducement prize will reward a European protected historic urban district that has perfectly integrated in its buildings a photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity for its own consumption. In this context the photovoltaic system should include all the necessary components to supply power within a district. The prize will induce the integration of new photovoltaic systems in protected historic urban districts.

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September 26, 2018

Horizon Prize – Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016 - Co2 Reuse

Preventing dangerous climate change is a key priority for the European Union (EU). Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise. The EU has adopted a robust set of policies to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon technologies such as carbon dioxide capture and storage. Carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU) technologies can also play a role in delivering Europe’s climate change objectives, by using anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) as a feedstock in making industrial and consumer products, such as chemicals, building materials and substitute fuels. This can reduce emissions to the atmosphere, replace fossil-based feedstocks and products, and support renewable energy deployment through energy storage techniques. CDU technologies can also drive industrial innovation and contribute towards the circular economy by converting what was previously waste to useful material. More effort is needed to enhance and realise the potential of these technologies. The objective of this prize is to enhance the CO2 emission reduction of CO2 utilisation products so they make a genuine contribution to the European Union’s emission reduction targets.

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April 3, 2019

HORIZON PRIZE – Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016 - Low Carbon Hospital

The integration and use of renewable energy in buildings for heat and power generation still encounter unsolved technological problems linked to the security and reliability of energy supply and related costs. Partly, it is due the intermittency of some renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind. The difficulty is even greater in cases where a 100% security of energy supply is essential such as for hospitals and especially when several renewable energy sources are used.This inducement prize will reward a hospital that has an innovative and within its premises perfectly integrated combined heat and power (CHP) installation.

Legal entity, single person or group of legal entities regardless of their place of establishment owning or operating a hospital

April 3, 2019

Horizon Prize: Cleanest Engine of the Future

Cleanest engine of the future prize aims at reducing the pollution produced by future new vehicles using either gasoline or diesel fuels and their low biofuel blends available on the market.

Powertrains/cars in which the improvements are achieved by using significant amounts of fuels or stored energy other than the main fuel (i.e. plug-in electricity, mild and full hybrids, stored compressed gases, etc.) are excluded.

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August 20, 2019

       
       

Science With and For Society

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

Science with and for Society

The Horizon 2020 Specific Programme describes the aim of Part V 'Science with and for Society' (SWAFS) as follows: "The aim is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility". To that end, it indicates that the focus will be on 8 specific activities lines: attractiveness of scientific careers, gender equality, integration of citizens’ interests and values in research and innovation (R&I), formal and informal science education, accessibility and use of research results, governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation and promotion of an ethics framework for research and innovation, anticipation of potential environmental, health and safety impacts, and improved knowledge on science communication. It also states the importance of the complementarities and cross-cutting issues between the various parts of Horizon 2020, notably for Science and Society and for gender equality.

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August 30, 2017

       
       

EXCELLENT SCIENCE

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

Support to policy and International Cooperation

This call focuses on reinforcing European research infrastructures policy and international cooperation.

In addition to this call, development of policy and international cooperation are encouraged in any proposal where these activities appear relevant.

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March 29, 2017

Fostering the Innovation Potential of Research Infrastructures

This call focuses on fostering the innovation potential of research infrastructures. State-of-the-art research infrastructures becomes increasingly complex and costly, often requiring integration of different equipment, services and data sources, as well as extensive transnational collaboration. The networks of research infrastructures across Europe strengthen its human capital base by providing world-class training for a new generation of researchers and engineers and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration.

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March 29, 2017

FET-OPEN: New Ideas for Radically New Technologies

This call aims to support the early stages of joint science and technology research for radically new future technological possibilities. The call is entirely non-prescriptive with regards to the nature or purpose of the technologies that are envisaged and thus targets mainly the unexpected. A bottom-up selection process will build up a diverse portfolio of projects. In order to identify and seize opportunities of long-term benefit for citizens, the economy and society, the early detection of promising new areas, developments and trends, wherever they come from, will be essential. The FET-Open call also seeks for coordination and support activities to turn Europe into the best place in the world for responsible collaborative research and innovation on future and emerging technologies that will make a difference for society in the decades to come. Finally, a specific topic under this call aims to stimulate innovation by initiating entrepreneurial activities around results from FET research projects.

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 September 27, 2017