Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s biggest ever research and innovation programme, with almost €80 billion available to projects up to 2020. With its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges, it promises breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and brings outstanding new research developments successfully to market. Horizon 2020 issues calls for applications under many thematic strands, and is highly competitive, but the rewards are considerable for the right projects. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you have a suitable project idea and want advice on developing it.
The UK is still a full member of the EU, and UK applicants are eligible for EU funding until new arrangements are agreed.
This project, led by the University of East Anglia along with 39 other partners from 13 countries across Europe, aimed to establish more reliable and accurate assessment of the risks from waterborne pathogens, enabling water providers and food producers to develop robust control measures that are proportionate to the risks they face.
The project received almost €9m from the European Commission over the €12m total cost.Further information is available on the project website.
The Horizon 2020 programme consists of three core themes:
Different funding rates apply to different types of project but most of them are either 100 % or 70 % funded by the European Commission.See part D of the general annex for further information.
The following participants are eligible for funding from the European Union:
Collaborative projects: most of the EU funded projects are collaborative projects with at least three organisations from different EU member states or associated countries.Individual researcher or team: It is also possible to submit your proposal as an individual researcher, team or organisation. Such opportunities are mainly funded under the H2020 European Research Council (ERC) grants and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), and individual SMEs can apply to the H2020 SME instrument.
The Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017 was published in October 2015.
This work programme comprises an introduction, 18 thematic sections and the general annexes describing general rules such as standard admissibility conditions and eligibility criteria, types of action, selection and award criteria, etc. Each thematic section is self-contained, and describes the overall objectives, the respective calls for proposals, and the topics within each call.participant portal here.