Answers to frequently asked questions

  • What are the projects' budget under H2020?
  • The total budget in current prices is nearly €80 billion and in constant prices €70.2 billion (without inflation). Insert FAQ answer budget table here with a better design. The project budget are between 200 K€ to 20 M€. Most of the classical Research & Innovation project are between 3M and 12M €.
    I Excellent science, of which: 31.73% 24 441
    1. The European Research Council 17% 13 095
    2. Future and Emerging Technologies 3.50% 2 696
    3. Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions 8% 6 162
    4. European research infrastructures (including eInfrastructures) 3.23% 2 488
    II Industrial leadership, of which: 22.09% 17 016
    1. Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies 17.60% 13 557
    2. Access to risk finance 3.69% 2 842
    3. Innovation in SMEs 0.80% 616
    III Societal challenges, of which 38.53% 29 679
    1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing 9.70% 7 472
    2. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine maritime and inland water research and the Bioeconomy; 5% 3 851
    3. Secure, clean and efficient energy 7.70% 5 931
    4. Smart, green and integrated transport 8.23% 6 339
    5. Climate action, environment resource efficiency and raw materials 4% 3 081
    6. Europe in a changing world - Inclusive innovative and reflective societies 1.70% 1 309
    7. Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens 2.20% 1 695
    Science with and for society 0.60% 462
    Spreading excellence and widening participation 1.06% 816
    European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 3.52% 2 711
    Non-nuclear direct actions of the JRC 2.47% 1 903
    TOTAL EU REGULATION 100% 77 028
    Fusion indirect actions 45.42% 728
    Fission indirect actions 19.68% 316
    Nuclear direct actions of the JRC 34.90% 560
    TOTAL EURATOM REGULATION 2014- 2018 100% 1 603
  • What are the subvention rates?
  • Two funding rates, used within H2020, are: 100% and 70% of direct eligible costs, depending on the projects orientation. Research & Innovation project as well as Coordination and Support Action will be financed at 100%, while Innovation Actions projects will be financed at 70%. However, universities, research centers are always financed at 100% of the direct eligible costs. Indirect costs are financed through a flat rate of 25% of the budget for all kind of project. ERASMUS+ projects are covered at 60% and LIFE between 60 and 75%, depending on the project types.
  • How time consuming will be the setting-up?
  • Setting-up a good proposal usually requires between 3 to 6 months. The time frame will mainly depend on our project, idea, the partners' profiles to search for. You can find more information on the project's setting-up under the section Setting-up process.
  • What is under H2020 projects?
  • Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
    The Horizon 2020 program has three main priorities:

    Scientific Excellence: a priority that aims to raise the level of scientific excellence in Europe. It includes the four following programs:
    - the European Research Council,
    - Research Infrastructures,
    - a program on Future and Emerging Technologies,
    - Marie Curie Sklodowska Actions.

    The Industrial leadership:
    - a support program for small and medium innovative enterprises,
    - financial instruments including debt and cash facilities to finance innovation,
    - a program to encourage the development of enabling and industrial technologies.

    Societal Challenges: This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake. It will include establishing links with the activities of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP).
    Funding will focus on the following 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.
  • How are the proposals evaluated?
  • The proposals are evaluated against 3 criteria, each noted from 0 to 5:
    - Clarity and pertinence of the objectives;
    - Credibility of the proposed approach;
    - Soundness of the concept, including trans-disciplinary considerations, where relevant;
    - Extent that proposed work is ambitious, has innovation potential, and is beyond the state of the art (e.g. ground-breaking objectives, novel concepts and approaches).
    - The expected impacts listed in the work programme under the relevant topic;
    - Enhancing innovation capacity and integration of new knowledge;
    - Strengthening the competitiveness and growth of companies by developing innovations meeting the needs of European and global markets, and where relevant, by delivering such innovations to the markets;
    - Any other environmental and socially important impacts;
    - Effectiveness of the proposed measures to exploit and disseminate the project results (including management of IPR), to communicate the project, and to manage research data where relevant.
    Quality and efficiency of the implementation
    - Coherence and effectiveness of the work plan, including appropriateness of the allocation of tasks and resources;
    - Complementarity of the participants within the consortium (when relevant);
    - Appropriateness of the management structures and procedures, including risk and innovation management.

    Each criteria is scored from 0 to 5 according the following index:
    0 — The proposal fails to address the criterion or cannot be assessed due to missing or incomplete.
    1 — Poor. The criterion is inadequately addressed, or there are serious inherent weaknesses.
    2 — Fair. The proposal broadly addresses the criterion, but there are significant weaknesses.
    3 — Good. The proposal addresses the criterion well, but a number of shortcomings are present.
    4 — Very Good. The proposal addresses the criterion very well, but a small number of shortcomings are present.
    5 — Excellent. The proposal successfully addresses all relevant aspects of the criterion. Any shortcomings are minor.
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