Grant programmes, grant requests, grant advice
Horizon 2020 is intended for everyone who wants to use innovation to help the European Union and themselves. This grant programme for research, development and innovation supports the entire innovation chain, from fundamental research up to and including market introduction. Horizon 2020’s goal is to stimulate innovation in order to:
- Train excellent scientists
- Improve Europe’s competitive position
- Resolve social challenges.
Pillars and work programmes of Horizon 2020
The core of Horizon 2020 consists of three pillars, each divided into a number of work programmes:
- European Research Council: personal grants for excellent scientists
- Future and Emerging Technologies: programme that explores the limits of science
- Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions: international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary exchange and training for talented researchers
- Research Infrastructures: support for facilities and infrastructure for research and innovation
- Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies: innovation programme in the field of aerospace, nanotechnology, high-tech materials, new production and process technologies, biotechnology and IT
- Access to Risk Finance: credit and support for organisations looking for financing
- Innovation in SMEs: support for SMEs, including the SME instrument
- Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
- Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bio-economy
- 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
Horizon 2020 procedure
Within the work programmes, calls for proposal are published. These appear every two years (the current programme covers the years 2018 and 2020). These calls for proposals clearly indicate the direction Europe wants to head into and the requirements a project has to meet. Excellent Science is an exception to this rule. This programme is structured in a top-down manner and is basically open to all disciplines.
Horizon 2020 target audiences
Everyone can participate in Horizon 2020: corporations (major, SME and start-ups), universities, colleges, knowledge institutes, (local) governments (municipalities, provinces, water authorities), and NGOs. The most important factor is that there is cooperation in an international context and that the consortium’s objectives and the innovation meet the programme’s requirements (see: calls for proposal).
Besides financial support, Horizon 2020 also offers a number of other advantages. The programme also offers structure to open innovation, it provides an opportunity to network and it gives innovative projects and research programmes a chance to show off their research or product.
Characteristics and figures of Horizon 2020
- €80 billion for the period 2014 – 2020
- Directed at the entire innovation chain (from research to market introduction)
- Cooperation between at least three businesses from three different EU member states (or associated states)
- Call for proposals are published in biannual work programmes (current programme: 2018 – 2020)
- 70 or 100% subsidy of the direct costs plus a fixed premium of 25% for indirect costs
- Deadlines spread throughout the year.