HORIZON 2020 is the eighth phase of the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development funding programmes created by the European Commission in order to support and encourage research in the European Research Area (ERA). It's the biggest EU research and Innovation programme ever with nearly 80 billion Euros of funding available over 7 years (from 2014 to 2020), an increase of 23 per cent on the previous FP7 programme. To visit HORIZON 2020's website please click here

For info on how to get funding please click here

For an overview of the DEADLINES for Horizon 2020 calls for 2015 click here


Horizon 2020 First Statistics

May 2015

The European Commission received 45,000 applications in the first 14 months of Horizon 2020. The average success rate during this period has been lower than in prior EU programmes. The EU Open Data Portal contains a dataset on the first signed grant agreements under Horizon 2020, which is available here.

FTP has identified 23 projects with a total EU contribution of €67.8 million as relevant to the forest-based sector and answering to the FTP SRA. We estimate that the first BBI JU Call could add another €15-20 million to this amount. This means that 1.8% to 2.4% of the Horizon2020 EU funding for 2014 has been assigned to projects relevant for our sector. More information on these 23 FBS-related projects and their partners can be found on the FTP Research & Innovation Portal.


Updated Annotated Model Grant Agreement

Burssels, 12 May 2015: An updated version of the annotated model grant agreement for projects financed within the Horizon 2020 has been published (Version 2.0.1, 12 May 2015). The full text of the document is available here


Response to the first Horizon 2020 calls

September 2014

The response to the first H2020 calls announced in December 2014 has been enormous, with over 17,000 proposals submitted by end-June, seeking nine times the available funding. This represents a substantial increase from the previous 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and a higher level of competition. There has been a notable increase in applications from industry, with business applications to the "industrial leadership" and "societal challenges" pillars of Horizon representing 44% of the total compared with 30% under comparable areas of FP7. SME participation has been particularly strong, with over 5,500 SME applications to the H2020 calls on encouraging leadership in enabling and industrial technologies and nearly 2,700 applications for funding under the new €3 billion SME Instrument. (Source: Amires.eu)



The Horizon 2020 country factsheets have been updated

The Horizon 2020 country factsheets have been updated with the latest figures including new data on:

  • Innovation Output Indicator position
  • SME participation
  • The number of ERC Principal Investigators
  • The number of Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions Fellows
  • Top 10 beneficiaries in each country

National Contact Points (NCP) for Horizon 2020:
For details of the Austrian NCP click here
For details of the Italian NCP click here and Italian Programme Committee members click here

 


Horizon 2020 launched with €15 billion over first two years

11 December 2013

For the first time, the Commission has indicated funding priorities over two years, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty than ever before on the direction of EU research policy. Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions as of today, with more to follow over the course of the year. Calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth around €7.8 billion, with funding focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020:

  • Excellent Science: Around €3 billion, including €1.7 billion for grants from the European Research Council for top scientists and €800 million for Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie fellowships for younger researchers (see MEMO/13/1123).

  • Industrial Leadership: €1.8 billion to support Europe's industrial leadership in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space.

  • Societal challenges: €2.8 billion for innovative projects addressing Horizon 2020's seven societal challenges, broadly: health; agriculture, maritime and bioeconomy; energy; transport; climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; reflective societies; and security.

Horizon 2020 - first calls

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-15 sets out the funding opportunities under the different parts of the programme; all are being published today on the Participant Portal. Each part describes the overall objectives, the respective calls, and the topics within each call. Each topic describes the challenge to be addressed, the scope of the activities to be carried out, and the expected impacts to be achieved. Compared with the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), there are relatively fewer calls and topics. The Work Programme reflects the strong challenge-based approach of Horizon 2020, allowing applicants to have considerable freedom to come up with innovative solutions. This MEMO highlights some key aspects of the Work Programme.

Twelve focus areas

A number of areas have been identified for special focus in the first Horizon 2020 Work Programme. Each of these is embedded in the relevant parts of the Work Programme, and covered by a specific call. The 12 focus areas represent around 15% of the total number of calls covered by the Work Programme and amount for a total 2014 budget of €2 billion.

For further details on the 12 focus areas click here


Council adopts "Horizon 2020": the EU's research and innovation programme for 2014-2020

On 3 December 2013 the European Council adopted the "Horizon 2020" programme for research and innovation for the years 2014 to 2020. The new programme is expected to further eliminate fragmentation in the fields of scientific research and innovation, compared with Framework Programme 7.

How much funding is available under Horizon 2020 and for what?

Horizon 2020 is worth nearly €80 billion over seven years, including funding for nuclear research under Euratom. This is an increase of nearly 30 percent in real terms compared with its predecessor, the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The structure of Horizon 2020 is different to FP7 and the programme encompasses the EIT and parts of the former Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

For further details click here


The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of nearly €80 billion, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will:

  • Strengthen the EU’s position in science with a dedicated budget of € 24 341 million. This will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including the very successful European Research Council (ERC).
  • Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation € 17 015 million. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
  • Provide € 30 956 million to help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population.

Press materials including an updated presentation on Horizon 2020

Updated figures for Horizon 2020


EU and industry join forces to invest €22 billion in research and innovation

Brussels, 10 July 2013

The European Commission, EU Member States and European industry will invest more than €22 billion over the next seven years in innovation for sectors that deliver high quality jobs. Most of the investment will go to five public-private partnerships in innovative medicines, aeronautics, bio-based industries, fuel cells and hydrogen, and electronics. These research partnerships will boost the competitiveness of EU industry in sectors that already provide more than 4 million jobs.
To read the European Commission Press Release click here


Wednesday 26 June, 2013

After six months of negotiations, the European parliament and Council today reached agreement on Horizon 2020.
At €68bn, it is well below the €80bn originally proposed by the European Commission and the €100bn requested by the European Parliament.
 
The proposal is accompanied by a funding model that will significantly increase the share of public money in every project compared with the previous Framework programme (FP7). Participants in future research activities (including industry) might be supported with as much as 125 % of direct costs, which will reduce the number of funded projects while providing a significant financial support to all partners endeavouring into the new framework programme. The program foresees a share of around 10% of the total budget for SMEs, but this remains an indicative target, not a binding commitment.
 
"Science in and for Society" will according to the proposal be preserved as a cross-cutting programme including activities for anticipating and assessing environmental, health and safety impacts of technologies, in particular biotechnologies and nanotechnologies."


Topic  Priority Workshops for Horizon 2020

10 – 12 June 2013, Brussels

Three successful workshops took place in Brussels in collaboration with EFI, InnovaWood and EFPRO. The 90 Topic Proposals received from across the sector were discussed and analysed. A list of prioritised topics for each value chain were agreed upon. 

10 June: Pulp & Paper sector, CEPI, Brussels (10:30-16:00)
11 June: Woodworking sector, European Forestry House (10:30-16:00)
12 June: Forestry sector, European Forestry House (10:30-16:00)

The meeting Agendas can be found by clicking on the links above.


 

HORIZON 2020 is the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation that will replace FP7 for the period 2014 – 2020. 

Horizon 2020 will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will:

  • Strengthen the EU’s position in science. This will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including an increase in funding of 77% for the very successful European Research Council (ERC).
  • Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
  • Address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population.