Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe for Beginners

Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe are the European Union’s Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation. They fund research in all areas of science and innovation.

How is Horizon 2020 structured

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.

What is Horizon Europe?

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. 

 

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For Beginners - services

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For Beginners - legal and financial aspects

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For Beginners - evaluation process

See how proposals are evaluated... understand the criteria that are used to do that ... see what information you need to provide in your proposals in order to meet those criteria ...

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For Beginners - general introduction

A general introduction to Horizon 2020... and the participant portal of H2020 where you can find all information on the calls and where you can submit your proposals and so much more ...

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Upcoming events

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Testimony

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Limecraft - Powerful workflows for video products

If you’ve never heard of Limecraft, you’re clearly not working in the media sector. Their SaaS platform provides integrated workflows for media management, scripted and unscripted TV, and subtitling and localisation. It is used by leading broadcasting companies – such as BBC, VRT, NPO… – and production firms of which De Mensen or Hotel Hungaria might ring a bell (at least if you are Belgian).

NCP Flanders went to Ghent to interview Maarten Verwaest, CEO and cofounder, about how he sees Horizon 2020. Limecraft is a partner in the MeMAD project, which is a collaborative RIA project submitted to an ICT call topic

 

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