Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Horizon 2020 will run from 2014 to 2020, with circa €80 billion budgeted for its 7 years duration. This new programme aims to contribute to the creation of growth and jobs in Europe in response to the economic crisis and is expected to address peoples’ concerns about their livelihoods, safety and environment. In turn, this will strengthen the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology.


What are the main characteristics of Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 combines three separate programmes: the Research Framework Programme (FP), innovation-related aspects of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Horizon 2020 has a number of key novelties that make it fit for purpose to promote growth and tackle societal challenges.


These include:

  • A market-driven approach providing seamless and coherent funding from idea to market;
  • A major simplification through a simpler programme architecture;
  • A single set of rules with a simplified funding process;
  • Less paperwork in preparing proposals, fewer controls and audits, with the overall aim to reduce the average time to grant by 100 days;
  • A single point of access for participants:


How is Horizon 2020 Structured?

Horizon 2020 will be composed of three main pillars, with mutually reinforcing priorities which have clear EU added value. These are:

  • Excellent Science;
  • Industrial Leadership;
  • Societal Challenges. 

Other relevant horizontal activities may be found in the accordions below