Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s (EU) new €79 billion funding program for research and innovation for the seven-year period of 2014-2020. It contributes to the implementation of: the Europe 2020 strategy, the Innovation Union initiative, and the construction of the European Research Area (ERA).
In this new framework, the European Union finances interdisciplinary projects that are likely to respond to great economic and social challenges while taking into account the need for investment in future jobs and growth. Instead of representing specific disciplines, these interdisciplinary projects will focus on 7 societal challenges that concern today’s Europeans, such as standard of living, security and the environment.
Horizon 2020 seeks to reinforce the EU’s international standing in the domains of research, innovation, and technology. Following societal challenges, scientific excellence and industrial pre-eminence represent the second and third pillars of the Horizon 2020 structure. Support is provided for the duration of the innovation chain, from the concept stage to market implementation, and will reinforce the commercialization of research outcomes as well as business creativity.
Horizon 2020 provides funding to various stakeholders and interested entities (organizations, higher education and research establishments, businesses etc) involved in research and innovation. It represents a new strategy of the EU to fortify its international cooperation in research and innovation with countries that are not in the EU and are not associated with Horizon 2020.
Any legal entity, or researcher, from any non-EU country may apply for Horizon 2020 funding for projects. This openness to participation from across the world means that European researchers can cooperate with their counterparts in non-EU countries on any topic of their choice.
For more information about calls for funding applications within Horizon 2020, please visit the following sites: