Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Besides FTI and the SME Instrument, H2020 focuses on building larger collaborative consortia of partners working in various disciplines that aim at creating interdisciplinary innovative results. H2020 emphasizes excellent science and industrial leadership and tackles societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.  

Who is the programme for?

A consortium composed generally of at least 3 legal entities coming from at least 3 different countries can request support from H2020. Varying conditions apply in different calls.

Consortia may enter three types of actions –Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), Innovation Actions (IA) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSA). All the three actions focus on all industrial areas included in H2020. RIAs are closer to research while IAs are closer to market. CSAs tend to include activities such as marketing, event organization, networking, existing infrastructure promotion and others that support initiatives, activities and projects of the EU. Consortium partners must be brought together keeping the proposed tasks, goals and the type of action in mind.

What is the amount of support?

Through support from H2020 you can cover up to 100 % of the project costs with a substantial part paid in the form of pre-financing.

When and how do I apply?

The project proposal is generally 70 pages long but this may differ for different types of actions. Usually calls require one or two stage proposal submission. Submit the finished proposal through the Participant Portal, deadline(s) for each call and other relevant details are also available there. 

Work programmes are always written for a two year period. Currently we are in the 2016-2017 period.

How difficult is the preparation?

The project proposal consists a carefully designed description of the problem and its proposed solution as well as cooperation and activities of all the partners in the consortium tackling the problem defined by the European Commission in the relevant call. How well you did, you will learn within 5 months of the deadline.

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