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 Depending on the Call

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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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).

Legal entity, single person or group of legal entities

January 23, 2018

Inducement Priza: Online Security - Seamless Personal Authentication

Internet has come to play an integral part in the lives of many European citizens. A large majority of people believe and even accept that there is no alternative other than to provide personal information if they want to obtain products or services online. The reliance on digital technology and the transfer of personal data to enable the use of online services come with substantial security risks however, such as online fraud and identity theft. A significant part of data breaches involve weak authentication credentials.

Password protection has been the default method of authentication online to date. This simple mechanism has many advantages, but the use of usernames and passwords in practice is severely flawed in both security and usability. Other solutions, typically employed in conjunction with passwords in a multi-factor approach, usually improve the robustness of the authentication. However, the increased security of multi-factor authentication has come at the price - limited usability and privacy concerns for individuals and increased costs for providers. Users often find multi-factor authentication (MFA for short) cumbersome and a burden in terms of time and effort. This burden is then transferred to providers who find it challenging to register or even retain users. In addition to this limitation, providers are also confronted with the high costs of MFA as the method often requires additional hardware.

Any legal entity (including natural persons) or group of legal entities established in an
EU Member State or in a country associated to Horizon 2020.

September 18, 2018

       
       

SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

IMI2-2017-11-01: Exploitation of IMI project results

This call for proposals aims at providing a starting/short term support to develop enabling solutions to ensure that significant results from IMI projects become fully exploitable, available to all relevant end users, and/or fully sustainable in the long term and in their own right. This will ensure that the significant outputs, important samples and/or data that have been generated by the large public-private investments are maintained and made available for future research by the whole scientific community and that important findings are integrated in general research and medical practice in support of the objectives of IMI2.

The work to be supported will consist mainly of activities and measures to make the results available to the broader scientific community and as such may include measures to enable technology transfer and the analysis of regulatory aspects, as well as the standardisation and transfer of samples, databases, tools, etc. to sustainable infrastructures.

In addition, the work may also encompass further activities should novel solutions/tools/methods be required to achieve the objectives of sustaining the results and ensuring their full impact. These could include adaptation of technologies to enable wider engagement, development of novel standardisation and/or interoperability measures, further development of scientific and business solutions, etc., as appropriate.

Legal entities falling under SMEs and companies with an annual turnover of €500M or less; secondary and higher education establishments; NGOs; the Joint Research Centre; and International European interest organisations.

October 24, 2017

H2020-JTI-IMI2-2017-12-TWO-STAGE

The Innovative Medicines Initiative is a jointly funded partnership between the European Union, represented by the European Commission, and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).

Topics for this call include Alzheimer’s Disease, primary Sjögren’s Syndrome,  infectious disease burde and use of vaccines to improve healthy years in aging populations, discovery and characterisation of blood-brain barrier targets and transport mechanisms for brain delivery of therapeutics to treat neurodegenerative & metabolic diseases and more.

The IMI2 JU objectives are usually implemented through Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) where public and private partners collaborate, joining their expertise, knowledge and resources.

The initiative should therefore seek to involve a broader range of partners, including mid-sized companies , from different sectors.

Legal entities falling under SMEs and companies with an annual turnover of €500M or less; secondary and higher education establishments; NGOs; the Joint Research Centre; and International European interest organisations.

Deadline: October 24, 2017

2nd stage deadline: May 16, 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. 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.

Legal entity, single person or group of legal entities

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

       
       

EXCELLENT SCIENCE

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

ERC synergy grant

ERC Synergy Grants are intended to enable minimum two to maximum four Principal Investigators and their teams to bring together complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in new ways, in order to jointly address ambitious research problems.

The aim is to promote substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, to cross-fertilize scientific fields, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines. This should enable transformative research not only at the forefront of European science but also to become a benchmark on a global scale.

Legal entities must engage Principal Investigators (active researchers and must present an early achievement track-record or a 10-year track-record whichever is most appropriate for their career stage)

November 14, 2017

ERC starting grant

ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Legal entities must engage Principal Investigators (active researchers and must present an early achievement track-record or a 10-year track-record whichever is most appropriate for their career stage)

November 17, 2017

ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Frontier research often generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial or societal application. The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work (i.e. activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects. Proof of Concept Grants are therefore on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.

All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either on going or has ended (where the duration of the project fixed in the ERC Grant Agreement has ended) less than 12 months before 1 January 2018, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant.

January 16, 2018
April 18, 2018
September 11, 2018 

Marie Sklodowska - Curie Innovative Training Networks

The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

ITN will raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training in Europe, extending the traditional academic research training setting, incorporating elements of Open Science and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences. It will provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.

TBA

January 18, 2018

       

Science with and for Society

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

EU Priza For Women Innovators 2018

Europe urgently needs more innovators to stay competitive in the coming decades and to spur economic growth. The large number of well-educated women who, for various reasons, including lack of awareness, do not consider entrepreneurship as an option, represents a tremendous untapped pool of innovation.

Awards have a strong potential to drive innovation through the recognition of achievements and the promotion of role models. Therefore, the European Commission created in 2011 a Prize for Women Innovators to increase public awareness of this issue and to encourage women to exploit the commercial and business opportunities and become entrepreneurs.

1) For Rising Innovator Award following applies: The participant must be a woman born as of 1 January 1987.

2) The participant must be an ordinary resident in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020.

3) The participant must be the founder or co-founder of an existing and active company which was registered before 1 January 2016.

4) The annual turnover of the company was at least EUR 100,000 in 2015 or 2016 (EUR 50,000 for the category Rising Innovator).

5) Either the participant as a natural person or the company founded/co-founded by the candidate have
received or is receiving European or national funding for Research and Innovation or bank funding or
alternative sources of financing such as private equity, venture capital, crowd funding through platforms or business angels

 November 15, 2017