European Funding: Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the principal research and innovation programme from the European Commission. It succeeded the 7th framework programme and will run from 2014 until 2020.

General Introduction

The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will:

  • strengthen the EU position in science by providing a boost to top-level research in Europe, including the very successful European Research Council (ERC) programme
  • strengthen industrial leadership in innovation by investing in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs
  • address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an aging population

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.

International cooperation is an important cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020. In addition to Horizon 2020 being fully open to international participation, targeted actions with key partner countries and regions focus on the EU strategic priorities.

Why Horizon 2020?

Europa formulated a ten-year growth strategy called ‘Europe 2020’. This strategy is about more than just overcoming the crisis which continues to afflict many of our economies. It is about addressing the shortcomings of our growth model and creating the conditions for a different type of growth that is smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive.

New features of the 2018-2020 Work Programme

The 2018-2020 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon 2020 so far, and takes account of the extensive interim evaluation of the programme. The Work Programme also responds to the European Commission's political priorities and paves the way for its successor programme.

New features of the Work Programme include measures to:

  • support market-creating innovation through a first phase of a European Innovation Council (EIC)
  • address political priorities through highly integrated activities called 'focus areas': (1) a low-carbon, climate resilient future; (2) circular economy; (3) digitising and transforming European industry and services; and (4) boosting the effectiveness of the security union
  • promote Open Science by shifting from publishing research results in scientific publications towards sharing knowledge sooner in the research process
  • strengthen international R&I cooperation through 30 flagship initiatives in areas of mutual benefit

Water and Circular Economy in Horizon 2020

Because of their cross-cutting nature, separate overviews with water-related and circular economy-related calls in Horizon 2020 for the years 2018-2020 are available.

How does Horizon 2020 work?

For every Horizon 2020 programme, the European Commission publishes a specific work programme that includes various calls for proposals. Most Horizon 2020 programmes fall under one of three pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial leadership and Societal Challenges.

Horizon 2020 includes the following types of action:

  • Research & Innovation actions aim to establish new knowledge or explore the feasibility of a new technology, product, process, service or solution
  • ​Innovation actions aim at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services
  • Coordination & Support actions involve measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies

Horizon 2020 information and calls

The EU has published a great deal of information about Horizon 2020 on it's website. Information on calls is available at the Participant Portal, the main site for information, submission and project management.

UvA Participant Identification Code

The University of Amsterdam is known by the EC through a unique Participant Identification Code: 999985708. In your Horizon 2020 applications you should use this code.

logo HR Excellence

The EU requires compliance with Article 32 for contractors of Horizon 2020 projects. Article 32 stipulates the obligation to take measures to implement the European Charter and Code (C & C) for the benefit of all researchers and their institution. It means a good Human Resources policy needs to be maintained. UvA has such a policy and has a plan of improvement actions in place to take these measures. In recognition UvA was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Logo.

In your Horizon 2020 applications you should refer to this logo.

Registration as Expert

The European Commission is looking for experts to evaluate proposals for EU funding and for other activities such as monitoring, programme evaluation and policy development. Scientists can register themselves at the Expert Section of the Participant Portal.

Published by  IXA UvA-HVA

Source: EU

3 July 2018