Horizon 2020

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Start date: 
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Deadline: 
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Overview and objectives: 

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.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing theInnovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling 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.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

Actions: 

Excellent Science 

European Research Council (ERC)
The ERC is the foremost funding agency for excellent science in the EU under Horizon 2020. The ERC mandate is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence. 
The main funding schemes of ERC are: 
  • The ERC Starting Grant that aims to support top researchers with 2 to 7 years of experience after their PhD. 
  • The ERC Consolidator Grant that is designed to support top researchers with 7 to 12 years of scientific experience after their PhD. 
  • The ERC Advanced Grant that is open to excellent established researchers who are leaders in their field of research. 
  • The ERC Proof of Concept Grant is meant for ERC grant holders to bridge the gap between research and the earliest stage of marketable innovation. 
 
The Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions
This Work Programme is open for all domains of research and innovation, from basic research up to market take-up and innovation services. Research and innovation fields as well as sectors can be freely chosen by the applicants. This Work Programme helps researchers to have a more stable career path and ensures that they can achieve an appropriate work/life balance. An important aspect of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions is mobility. Researchers receive funding on the condition that they move from one country to another to broaden or deepen their competences.
 
The Marie Sklodowska Curie Work Programme includes the following calls: 
  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN). This action aims to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative researchers to be able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit. 
  • Individual Fellowships (IF). The goal of this action is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers who wish to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. 
  • Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND). This action aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes in order to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. 
  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). This action aims to increase public awareness of research and innovation activities in Europe, with a view to supporting the public recognition of researchers, creating an understanding of the impact of researchers' work on daily life and encouraging young people to embark on scientific careers.

Industrial Leadership

Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT)
The focus of this Work Programme is on new opportunities for industrial leadership in ICT, the mastering and deployment of key enabling technologies and space. LEIT aims to develop breakthrough technologies that boost competitiveness, creating jobs and supporting growth. Within LEIT, two Work Programmes are relevant for Health and Life Sciences: ‘Information and communication technologies’ and ‘Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing’.
 
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
ICT enables scientific progress in all disciplines and underpins innovation and competitiveness across a broad range of private and public markets and sectors. The potential and capabilities of modern ICT systems are still growing exponentially, fuelled by the progress in electronics, microsystems, networking, the ability to master increasingly complex cyber-physical systems and robots, and the progress in data processing and human machine interfaces. This Work Programme contains topics on information management, robotics and micro-and nanoelectronic technologies that are of interest for stakeholders in life sciences, medical technology and healthcare.
 
Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced. Manufacturing and Processing
Nanotechnology and advanced materials are key drivers for breakthrough innovations in many fields. This Work Programme identifies a number of activities to foster their potential to enable e.g. new medical therapies contributing to personalised healthcare. This call will contribute to a technological basis for nanomedicines and bio-materials by bringing it towards pilot production as precondition for subsequent clinical trials. The biotechnology projects aim to develop generic technological building blocks, enabling true stepping stones towards solutions for, amongst others, better health.
 
The Industrial Leadership Work Programme includes the following  types of projects: 
  • Research and innovation projects: research projects with potential innovative elements where the participation of third country entities is required or preferentially evaluated. 
  • Innovation projects (demo, pilot, market replication).
  • SME instrument: this instrument aims to fill gaps in funding for early-stage, high-risk research and innovation, as well as for breakthrough innovations by SMEs. The new instrument will integrate research and innovation (R&I-) related SME support that is currently spread across several programmes and initiatives into one comprehensive, simple and easily accessible scheme. It will target highly innovative SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise, regardless of whether they are high-tech and research-driven or non-research conducting, social or service companies.
  • Coordination and support Action: project where supporting activities are central.
  • ERA-NET: a collaborative project between member states.
 

Societal Challenge 

Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
This Work Programme includes topics on personalising health and care that aim to create opportunities for real breakthrough research and radical innovation in response to challenges such as the ageing population and the increasing communicable and non-communicable disease burden. Improving health outcomes, reducing health inequalities and promoting active and healthy ageing is 
key in this call. Activities that fit in this call will improve our understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, healthy ageing and disease; improve the ability to monitor health and prevent, detect, treat and manage disease; support elderly people in remaining active and healthy; and test and demonstrate new models and tools for health and care delivery.
 
This Work Programme consists of the following types of projects: 
  • Collaborative projects: Research and development in Public Private Partnerships is promoted, e.g. through increased participation of industry, including SMEs, in collaborative projects such as research and innovation actions, innovation actions and coordination and support actions. 
  • SME instrument: this instrument aims to fill gaps in funding for early-stage, high-risk research and innovation as well as for breakthrough innovations by SMEs. The new instrument will integrate research and innovation (R&I-) related SME support that is currently spread across several programmes and initiatives into one comprehensive, simple and easily accessible scheme. It will target highly innovative SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise, regardless of whether they are high-tech and research-driven or non-research conducting, social or service companies;
  • Coordination and support Action: project where supporting activities are central;
  • ERA-NET: a collaborative project between member states.

Other

Eurostars 
Research-intensive SMEs are addressed by Eurostars 2, the follow-up of the successful Eurostars programme. Eurostars aims to support R&D performing SMEs by co-financing market-oriented innovation with a bottom-up approach. With streamlined and improved procedures, Eurostars 2 will promote technological and business development, whilst boosting employment and export for European small businesses. 
 
Programme budget: 
€71 000 000 000.00
Eligible cost: 
%100
Supplementary information: 

Two year work programmes announce the specific areas that will be funded by Horizon 2020. Look out for them on the online Participant Portal as they can be used as a calendar for the calls for proposals (‘calls’), to be published during the year. The Participant Portal is your entry point for electronic administration of EU-funded research and innovation projects, and hosts the services for managing your proposals and projects throughout their lifecycle.

Each call gives more precise information on the questions that the Commission would like you to address in your proposals. All calls can be found in the EU’s Official Journal – the official source for all EU documents – as well as on the Participant Portal.

Specific programmes developing it: 

ERC 2014 - European Research Council

The fundamental activity of the European Research Council (ERC) is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/ high risk research. Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe

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The SME Instrument

Horizon 2020 will support Innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) through a new dedicated SME instrument.

In total, more than € 2.8 billion will be allocated for the SME instrument from 2014 to 2020, at least 7% of the total budget of the Societal Challenges and Leading and Enabling Technologies (LEIT) blocks of Horizon2020.

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ERC 2015 - European Research Council

The fundamental activity of the European Research Council (ERC) is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/ high risk research. Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe.

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European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COST has a very specific mission and goal. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in building a European Research Area (ERA).

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Horizon 2020: Excellent Science

Activities under this Pillar aim to reinforce and extend the excellence of the Union’s science base and to consolidate the European Research Area in order to make the Union’s research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale.

The Excellent Science pillar has main four specific objectives:

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Horizon 2020: Industrial Leadership

This pillar aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.

It consists of three specific objectives:

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Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges

Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere.A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. 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.

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Horizon 2020: Science with and for Society

The aim of this programme is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

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