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Horizon 2020

European Union programme for research and innovation (2014-2020) information

Horizon 2020

H2020 aims to boost growth and employment in the EU and transform the scientific advances into innovative products and services that provide business opportunities and improve people lives. For the period 2014-2020 whit a budget in current prices nearly 80 billion euro.

This programme aims to facilitate the participation, increase the scientific and economic impact of R & D and achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness of resources invested (value for money) supporting research, technological development, demonstration and innovation with clear European added value, with an increase of multidisciplinaryty and transnationality.

The programme includes more than 2,700 million euros for the European Institute of Technology - EIT, designed to create a critical mass oriented innovation in the EU member education and entrepreneurship with research and innovation and operate according to business logic and result oriented approach. The EIT supports Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs),new forms of collaboration between organizations involved in the knowledge triangle and who will contribute to the modernization of higher education and research institutions to create a new model for innovation in certain areas, such as Climate; Innoenergy; Innovation for healthy living and active ageing; and Raw materials: sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution.

Part of the funds, 8,000 miliion euro, are decentralized through Joint Technology Iniciatives - JTIs. Public-private partnerships to promote research at European level in the most strategic areas today, such as medicine, air and rail transport, fuel cells, electronics and bio-industry. These are run as joint entities who organize their own research agendas under a programme which award funding to projects on the basis of open calls.

Horizon 2020 is structured in three main pillars:




Participation requirements

In general, except for individual projects, it requires the participation of a transnational consortia, with a minimum of 3 independent entities within different EU Member States or Associated States. Although in practice, consortia tend to have a highest number of members with complementary roles, which varies according to the type of project and scope.

Work Programmes

Check the biannuals Work Programmes to identify topics and the expected impact of the calls.

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Excellent Science

Pimarily individual projects in any field of research, aimed at raising excellence, promoting talent attraction and research career development, training and access to large infrastructures and the development of future and emerging technologies.

  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Marie Slodowska Curie Actions
  • Future and Emerging Technologies
  • Research infrastructures


Industrial Leadership

Project consortia of transnational nature led by of the industry to accelerate the development of technologies, mainly: Information Technologies and Communication (ICT), nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space technology; to help innovative SMEs to become Europe's leading companies in the world and to facilitate risk financing in research and innovation in its arrival to the market.

Social Challenges

Projects involving public-private partnerships with transnational and innovative nature, addressing the seven social challenges of 2020, such as: health; agriculture, maritime economy and bio economy; energy; transport; climate action, environment, efficient use of resources and raw materials; reflexive societies; and safety.

Horizontal programmes

  • Science with and for Society - SWAFS
  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
Update:  11.01.2017