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There are many reasons why H2020 funding might be relevant to you. Here's a list of the possibilities.

Often topics have been determined top-down. In some parts of the programme you can propose any research topic.

Collaboration with European and international colleagues

Top-down calls for proposals

The second and third pillar and parts of the first pillar (a.o. FET Proactive) of Horizon 2020 comprise top-down calls for proposals. I.e. the European Commission decides the topics for which projects should be submitted. They are set forth in the multi-annual work programmes (wps).

Search calls using keywords in the Participant Portal. Another approach is going through the content of the wps and look for relevant topics.

Each topic indicates which type of project is asked for:

  • Research and Innovation Actions (RIA)
  • Innovation Actions (IA)
  • Coordination and Support Actions (CSA)
  • Prizes
  • SME instrument
  • Public Procurement Cofund Actions (PCP and PPI)
  • ERA-net COFUND: for national funding agencies

The budget can vary per topic; a budget range is provided. Keep to this range (even if the call text leaves room for interpretation).

Can't find a relevant topic in Horizon 2020? Check the calls for Public-to-Public Partnerships (P2P's) - EC cofunds calls of national agencies.

Bottom-up (open) calls for proposals

There are also three programmes within H2020 under which you can propose any research topic for collaborative projects.

These programmes do have other criteria for evaluation which might imit the amount of eligible proposals.

Participating countries

Projects in Horizon 2020 are open worldwide and to anyone. However, they should mainly support the European researc base, and the European economy and growth. That is why not all countries are eligible for funding. Check the conditions for countries to participate in Horizon 2020.

Collaboration with industry

Almost any call in Horizon is open to industry, inclusing SMEs. Be aware that for any project, you need at least three partners from at least three different EU Member States or Associated Countries.

Parts specifically targeted to industry (but where universities can also participate):

  • LEIT: collaboration with industry is a prerequisite for calls within the second pillar 'Industrial Leadership'.
  • PPPs: industry has a leading role in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and provides an in-kind contribution.
  • SME-instrument is specifically aimed at SMEs, however universities and research organisations can perform certain tasks for the project, mainly in Phase 2 projects.
  • SME Innovation Associate scheme was established in 2016. In this programme 90 SMEs can hire a postdoc researcher from other countries for one year to explore an innovation business idea. The Marie Sklodowska Curie Mobility Rule applies to this recruitment. Download the factsheets.
  • FTI: In the wp 2016-2017 the pilot Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) was launched. This is a bottom-up call open to all topics related to the aims of Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT - Pillar 2) and Societal Challenges (Pillar 3). This pilot funds projects geared at providing the final step to innovation or market uptake. If the innovation is a technological one, the consortium has to declare Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 at the start of the project. Consortia can have 3 to 5 partners. Maximum budget is 3 million euros of which 60% should go to industrial partners. naar de bedrijven moet gaan. There are three deadlines a year.

Collaboration with new member states

The part Widening Participation and Spreading Excellence (WideSpread) aims to support new member states (EU-13) to reduce the 'innovation divide' in Europe.

There are three types of projects: teaming, twinning, and ERA-chairs. More info.

Basic groundbreaking research

  • ERC Grants:  for individual top researchers with an excellent track record and an innovative idea for high-risk/high-gain groundbreaking blue sky research
  • FET-Open: for consortia developing a radically new technology, which opens up a range of possible applications in the future

Outgoing mobility

  • Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships:  for postdocs or researchers with at least four years of research experience and an excellent track record. There is a distinction between European Fellowships (EF) and Global Fellowships (GB) based on the location of the host institution.
  • ERC Grants  for postdocs who obtained their PhD at least two years ago, and want to work in another host institution in Europe.
  • SME Innovation Associate scheme: SMEs can hire a postdoc researcher during one year to  explore an innovation business idea. For recruitments, the Marie Sklodowska Curie Mobility Rule applies. Download the factsheets.

Incoming mobility

  • Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships: An experienced researcher (having a PhD or at least 4 years of research experience) with an excellent track record can apply for an Individual Fellowship with Ghent University as host institution.
  • ERC Grants: postdocs or professors with a top track record can apply with Ghent University as host institution.

Activities on science and society

Are you interested in doing research on Science education, gender mainstreaming, ethics, research integrity, uptake of research results by society, etc., check out the work programme Science with and for SocietyMore info.

Be sure to engage not only other research institutes but also policy makers, stakeholder organisations, education institutes, industry or other relevant actors in your consortium.

Research infrastructure

Horizon 2020 has a specific budget to support European research infrastructure. Three types of infrastructure are involved:

  • Monosite infrastructures, open to all participants of the consortium
  • Multi-site infrastructures, with parts at different partners
  • Virtual e-infrastructures (digital databases etc.)

Schematic overview

Schematisch overzicht EU-financiering