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Other Horizon 2020 programmes

  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

    Widening actions under the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation part of Horizon 2020 aim to address low participation of some Member States in Horizon 2020 by fully exploiting the potential of Europe's talent pool.


    Teaming actions invest in Europe’s research and innovation potential through supporting the creation of new (or upgrading of existing) Centres of Excellence in low R&I performing Member States and Associated Countries on the basis of partnerships with internationally leading institutions.


    Twinning actions aim to build on the huge potential of networking for excellence through knowledge transfer and, exchange of best practice between research institutions and leading partners.

    ERA Chairs

    ERA Chairs actions bring outstanding researchers to universities and other research organisations, in those countries, that have high potential for research excellence to help them attract, maintain and increase high quality human resources and implement the structural changes necessary to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis.

    Widening Fellowships

    Widening Fellowships follow the same structure as MSCA Individual Fellowships and provide an additional opportunity to researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Widening countries.

    Member states and Associated Countries eligible for support

    Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

    Associated Countries (subject to valid association agreements of third countries with Horizon 2020): Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine

  • Science with and for Society

    Science with and for Society (SwafS) actions aim to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

    2018-2020 Work Programme

    The Work Programme is built around five strategic orientations: (1) accelerating and catalysing processes of institutional change; (2) stepping up the support to gender equality in research & innovation policy; (3) building the territorial dimension of SwafS partnerships; (4) exploring and supporting citizen science; and (5) building the knowledge base for SwafS.

  • European Innovation Council pilot

    The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot is able to support ideas from any area of technology or business sector, including novel combinations of technologies and business models. Support is available from feasibility stage to development to scale up stages.

    SME Instrument

    Small and Medium-sized Enterprises that are EU-based or established in a country associated to Horizon 2020 can get EU funding and support for breakthrough innovation projects with a market-creating potential.

    Fast Track to Innovation

    The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) is a fully-bottom-up innovation support programme promoting close-to-the-market innovation activities open to industry-driven consortia that can be composed of all types of participants. It can help partners to co-create and test breakthrough products, services or business processes that have the potential to revolutionise existing or create entirely new markets.

  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology

    The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) promotes and strengthens synergies and cooperation among businesses, education institutions and research organisations.

    To boost Europe’s innovation capacity, action is needed to overcome the fragmented European innovation landscape. The EIT brings together the 'knowledge triangle' of business, education and research to form dynamic cross-border partnerships: Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). These KICs develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Working closely together in the KICs, leading companies, universities and research centres create more effective and innovative solutions for Europe.

  • COST actions

    COST actions are bottom-up science and technology networks, open to researchers and stakeholders with a duration of four years, that allow European researchers to jointly develop their own ideas in any science and technology field. They are active through a range of networking tools, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities. COST does not fund research itself.

    COST prides in its support for high-risk, innovative and emerging research themes. However, COST does not set any research priorities. COST Actions can also pave the way to or establish synergies with EU-funded research projects. Moreover, collaboration within research projects can also lead to new actions, thus enhancing the networking potential of such consortia.

  • Horizon Prizes

    Horizon Prizes are 'challenge' prizes (also known as ‘inducement’ prizes) offering a cash reward to whoever can most effectively meet a defined challenge. The aim of the Horzion prizes is to stimulate innovation and come up with solutions to problems that matter to European citizens. Horizon Prizes prescribe the goal but not who the innovator should be or how the goal should be achieved.