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Horizon 2020 (H2020)

General info

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the successor to the 7th Framework Program and the European Commission's main instrument for funding research, technological development and innovation. Project proposals can only be submitted to open calls announced by the European Commission.

Horizon 2020 has three main pillars:
Excellent Science - The aim is to promote excellent research and create conditions for its operation. This priority is divided into 4 major areas:
  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Event (MSCA)
  • European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)
Industrial Leadership - The aim is to improve the competitiveness of European industry through:
  • Industrial and breakthrough technologies - the following directions will be supported: information and communication technologies (ICT), nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing, space applications.
  • Easier access to risk finance
  • Innovation in SMEs
Societal Challanges - The aim of this priority is to support research to address key issues and challenges facing European society in the following areas:
  • Health, demographic change and welbeing
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine research and bioeconomics
  • Safe, clean and efficient energy
  • Intelligent, green and integrated transport
  • Climate protection, environment, resource efficiency, raw materials
  • Europe in a changing world: an inclusive, innovative and reflective society
  • Secure societies: protecting the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
In addition to the basic pillars, the following will be funded:
  • activities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Joint Research Center (JRC) non-nuclear direct actions
  • Dissemination of excellence and participation support (Teaming, Twinning, Era-Chairs, Policy Support Facility)
  • activities in activity Science with Society and for Society (building effective cooperation between science and society)
  • EURATOM - Program of the European Atomic Energy Community for Research and Training

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