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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is EU´s framework programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020 with a total budget around €80 billion. Here are many possibilities for funding of individual projects.

The programme is structured in three priorities:

1. ExcellentScience
The programme is an initiative to reinforce the EU’s global position within research and innovation. It includes the following sub-programmes:

European Research Council (ERC)
– individual grants to outstanding junior and senior researchers

Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
– collaborative research within new research fields

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
– mobility programme

European Research Infrastructures including e-Infrastructures
– provides access to European research infrastructure

2. Industrial Leadership
This priority area aims to make Europe more attractive to investments in research and innovation, to increase growth and create job opportunities. It includes the following sub-programmes:

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology


3. Societal Challenges
This priority area focuses on the major societal challenges facing the EU and the rest of the world. In many cases, it requires interdisciplinary collaboration involving social sciences and humanities. It includes the following sub-programmes:

Health, Demographic Change and Well-being

Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, 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