Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with simplified procedures for application and project management. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

With the objective to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe's leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. It will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

Horizon 2020 is structured in three main areas, or pillars:

Excellent Science

  1. European Research Council (ERC)
  2. Future and Emerging Technologies
  3. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  4. Research infrastructures

Industrial Leadership

  1. Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies: ICT, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space.
  2. Access to Risk Finance
  3. Innovation in SMEs

Societal Challenges

  1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  2. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  3. Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  4. Smart, green and integrated transport;
  5. Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  6. Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  7. Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.