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Horizon 2020: EU Programme for Research and Innovation

The Horizon 2020 Programme makes funding of around 75 billion euros available for European research and innovation in the period from 2014 to 2020. Funding options range from basic research through to innovative product development. The target groups of Horizon 2020 are individual researchers, companies and collaborations between science and industry. Excellent research, competitive research and industry, more innovative products and services and simplified rules and procedures are the key aims of the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

The structure of Horizon 2020 shows all programmes and funding opportunities in detail. Benefit from the services provided by the European and International Programmes when preparing your project!
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The EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research is heading into the home stretch: the 2019 and 2020 calls provide a total funding volume of around 20 billion euros.

[Tip] Check out the Participant Portal of the European Commission regularly to learn about the current and future Horizon 2020 calls! The Work Programmes are also made available on the Participant Portal.

Horizon 2020 at a glance
  • Horizon 2020 is the world’s largest transnational programme for research and innovation
  • Duration: 2014-2020
  • Budget: Around EUR 75 billion.
  • Horizon provides a common framework for three challenges/three aims:
    - Scientific excellence
    - Competitiveness and market leadership
    - Grand societal challenges
  • Attractive funding, simplified rules and procedures:
    EU funding covers up to 100% of all eligible costs (direct and indirect costs) for research and innovation actions. For innovation actions, funding generally covers 70% of eligible costs, but may increase to 100% for non-profit organisations. Indirect costs are reimbursed with a 25% flat rate of the direct eligible costs (at a funding rate of 70% or 100%, see above).
  • Horizon 2020 is the first programme to support all phases of the innovation process, integrating three previously separate programmes (7 FP, parts of CIP, EIT)

EC Expert Database: The European Commission is looking for independent peer reviewers to assist in the evaluation of EU-funded research and innovation projects. Registration is via the European Commission’s Participant Portal, which also provides information about the relevant requirements. Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis.