Horizon 2020 is EUs most important instrument for financing research and innovation. The programme runs during the period 2014-2020 and has a budget of around 80 billion euros. The calls for the different work programmes can be found on the Participant Portal.
Horizon 2020 is the successor of the 7th EU Framework Programme (FP7). The objective of Horizon 2020 is to promote growth and jobs in Europe and secure Europe’s global competitiveness. The programme focuses on three main areas:
- Excellent science. This includes the European Research Council (ERC), the mobility programme Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA), Future and emerging technologies (FET) and infrastructure.
- Industrial leadership. This includes key technologies such as ITC, nano-, bio- and space technology, funding for risk capital, and innovation in the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
- Tackling societal challenges is the third pillar in Horizon 2020. Seven key social challenges are identified:
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
- Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
- Secure, clean and efficient energy;
- Smart, green and integrated transport;
- Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
- Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
- Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.
In addition to these three pillars, there are other programmes:
Other European programmes:
- Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs)
- ERA-NET: information in English at the European Commissions web pages, useful information in Norwegian at the Research Council of Norways web pages
- Private Public Partnerships (PPP) (incl. Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs): information in English at the European Commissions web pages, useful information in Norwegian at the Research Council of Norways web pages