Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the European Commission programme for financing European research and innovation projects. The goal is to ensure Europe continues to produce world-class science projects.

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In 2014 Horizon 2020 started with a budget of €80 billion for the next 7 years, to invest in innovative projects. The aim of the programme is to invest in our future, in sustainable and inclusive growth, and jobs. To achieve this, Horizon 2020 couples research and innovation with its emphasis on industrial leadership, excellent science and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure that 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.

This programme has ended, the next Horizon programme, Horizon Europe, will run from 2021-2027.


Horizon 2020 focus areas

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone and has a broad range of focus areas:

Societal Challenges

    • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
    • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
    • Secure, clean and efficient energy


Excellent Science

Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
FET Open, part of the EIC Pathfinder pilot, supports the early-stages of the science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies.

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MSCA (Marie Curie program)
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) has 5 different types of grants available in the MSCA program, aiming to set up different types of training networks or training programs. Other grants fund fellowships or events to increase the popularity of science in society.

More about the MSCA (Marie Curie program)


European Innovation Council

Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)
The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) is now central part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, targeting radically new, breakthrough products, services, processes or business models that open up new markets.

Read more about Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)


EIC Accelerator
The EIC Accelerator (previously known as SME Instrument Phase 2) is part of the European Innovation Council pilot Work Programme that supports top-class innovative entrepreneurs, specifically SMEs.

Read more about EIC Accelerator

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Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

    • Twinning
    • Teaming


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