Horizon 2020

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the new European Commission framework programme for research and innovation in the period 2014-2020.

With an overall budget of nearly € 80 billion it aims to fund research and innovation projects, with a focus on strengthening EU’s competitiveness and ensuring its smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, based on the “Europe 2020” strategy.

The program has been initiated in order to answer to several stakes such as overcoming the economic crisis through investment in jobs and growth, taking into consideration the concerns of European citizens and aims to invest in innovations, which improve their life and safety, supports the protection of the environment and strengthens Europe’s position in research and innovation.

The Horizon 2020 program has three main priorities:


  • Scientific Excellence
  • Industrial leadership
  • Societal Challenges

Who can apply?


  • Research centers, Local and Regional authorities, Corporations, SMEs, Universities, Non-profit organisations, International Organisations.
  • Consortium of 3 partners from 3 countries for traditional projects.

What types of projects is H2020 funding?



  • Research and innovation Actions projects: The action primarily consists of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. For this purpose they may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment. Projects may contain closely connected but limited demonstration or pilot activities aiming to show technical feasibility in a near to operational environment. Funding rate: 100%

  • Innovation Actions projects : An action primarily consisting of activities directly aimed at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication. Funding rate: 70%

  • Coordination and support actions projects: The action primarily consists of accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies, including design studies for new infrastructure and may also include complementary activities of networking and coordination between programmes in different countries. Funding rate: 100%

  • SME instrument: The aim of the SME Instrument is to fill the gaps in funding for early stage research and innovation and accelerate the exploitation of innovations. Projects will be selected through a bottom-up approach within a given societal challenge or enabling technology. They must be of clear interest and benefit to SMEs and have a clear European dimension. Funding rate: 100% in phase I, 70% in phase II (100% for the health sector)

  • Fast Track to Innovation: FTI is a fully-bottom-up pilot measure in Horizon 2020 to promote close-to-the-market innovation activities, and open to all types of participants. FTI projects must be business-driven and clearly demonstrate a realistic potential for quick deployment and market take-up of innovations. Funding rate: 70%

Europroject in H2020

Europroject offers 3 steps methodology for project setting-up under Horizon 2020, which maximizes your organisation’s chances of success:

Writing a proposal