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Horizon 2020 is running from 2014 until the end of 2020 with a budget of about €77 billion.
It is the financial instrument that is helping to ensure that Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
The Horizon 2020 programme has three main priorities, that are called "pillars“, 1) Excellent science, 2) Industrial Leadership and 3) the Societal Challenges, each with a set of specific objectives. Besides the three pillars there are two specific programmes “Science with and for society” and “widening participation”, next to a cross-cutting programme. Besides there are also Focus areas or cross-cutting activities which are specific new challenges.
Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes.
The current main Horizon 2020 work programme comprises an introduction, 18 thematic sections and the general annexes describing general rules such as standard admissibility conditions and eligibility criteria, selection and award criteria, etc.
Of each Horizon 2020 programme a Work programme is edited containing the background and specific calls.
In the Horizon 2020 tab in the menu on this website more information per programme is given with links to policy related information, to the work programmes, specific events, etc.
Horizon 2020 is part of the bigger picture of the European landscape for research and innovation, which also embraces public-public partnerships (as JPI's), European Innovation Platforms and European Technology Platforms. More details of some of these programmes are elaborated on Other EU Funding.
Application to a Horizon 2020 call implies 4 major steps: 1/ Find a suitable call for proposal; 2/ Find project partners; 3/ Create an account on the portal; and 4/ Register your organisation. Read about this process in more detail.
NCP Flanders can give you support during your application process and provides basic information and tips and tricks to support you with writing your proposal.
Horizon Europe is the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Commission and will run from 2021 till 2027. It is the successor of Horizon 2020, that ended in 2020.
The strategic planning process is taking place. The preliminary structure of the programme and details about the provisional agreement are published on this page of the European Commission. It includes links to the Missions that will be installed and the status about the support to European Partnerships with the EU Member States.
Interested in finding out more? For now, start by reading our longer introduction to Horizon Europe. And keep an eye on this website, as from Q2 2021 onwards all pillars and clusters will be thoroughly covered.
The budget for the next European framework programme for research and innovation Horizon Europe 2021-2027, will be around €95.5 billion in current prices. Part of this budget is coming from Next Generation EU, €5.4 billion in current prices, and €4.5 billion in current prices comes from among others fines for breaking EU competi... read more
The council has adopted conclusions on the new European Research Area. EU Council press release including the Council conclusions on the new ERA Related news article Commission communication on a new European Research Area published read more
On 21 October 2020, the Widening NCP Network NCP_WIDE.NET organized a webinar on synergies between the cohesion policy and Horizon Europe. Two representatives of the European Commission, Ms. Denisa Perrin and Ms. Karolina Tilman, both from DG REGIO presented and discussed this topic during this webinar. The presentation is available here... read more
Taking into account the current COVID-19 situation, the Commission confirms that the listed FAQs, related to the management of Horizon 2020 grants under the crisis situation, continue being applicable, as listed on this page. Source: Funding and tender portal read more
Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that will support society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.
With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument-phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management (IPM) functionalities and bring VECMAP®IPM to the market. Within 5 years Avia-GIS will enable 2000 SME pest controllers and 2340 local authorities to shift to IPM strategies. With the grant they will raise revenue from 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.
The Horizon 2020 grant was an essential component of their second investment round. To date Avia-GIS already raised 1 M€ in additional private equity and they are now are seeking to complement this with an equal amount as a subordinate loan.read more
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