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Horizon 2020 (H2020)

General info

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

Horizon 2020 has three main pillars:
Excellent Science (Excellent Science) - aims to support excellent research and create the conditions for its operation. This priority is divided into 4 major areas:
  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA)
  • European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)
Industrial Leadership - aims to improve the competitiveness of European industry by:
  • Industry and breakthrough technologies - The following directions will be supported: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, Advanced Production and Processing, Space Applications.
  • Easier access to risk financing
  • Innovation in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Social Challenges (Societal Challanges) - the objective of this priority is to support research that addresses the fundamental issues and challenges faced by European society in the following areas:
  • Health, demographic change and well-being (welbeing)
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine research and bio-economics
  • Safe, clean and efficient energy
  • Intelligent, ecological and integrated transport
  • Climate protection, the environment, resource efficiency, raw materials
  • Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective society
  • Safe societies: protecting the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
In addition to the basic pillars, they will be further funded:
  • the activities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Center (JRC)
  • Dissemination of excellence and participation support (so-called Teaming, Twinning, Era-Chairs, Policy Support Facility)
  • activity in science Science with society and society (building effective collaboration between science and society)
  • EURATOM - the European Atomic Energy Community program for research and training

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