horizon 2020

Main principles

Horizon 2020 is the EU funding programme for research and innovation, running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. It provides research and innovation funding for multi-national collaboration projects as well as for individual researchers and supports SMEs with a special funding instrument.

type of grants available

Horizon 2020 is divided into 3 three pillars and 2 specific objectives corresponding to its main priorities:

  • Industrial Leadership

    • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT)

    • Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, and biotechnology

    • Information and Communication Technologies

    • Space

    • Access to risk finance

    • Innovation in SMEs

  • Societal Challenges

    • 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

  • Specific objective 'Spreading excellence & widening participation'

  • Specific objective 'Science with and for society


In 2017, the European Commission launched the pilot phase of the European Innovation Council (EIC), which currently includes:

  • EIC Accelerator pilot

    • SME instrument


As well as some other calls (Fast Track to Innovation) and actions (Horizon Prizes and Support actions) 

Need help?

I offer personalized and comprehensive assistance with H2020 applications, in the form of individual proposal review and editing. See below for currently available services.