Horizonte 2020

The EU Research and Innovation program Horizon 2020, is the new program for funding research and innovation in Europe. It has a duration of seven years (2014-2020) and aims to simplify the rules for gaining funding and to support European researchers and innovators in an integrated way. It will incorporate the current funding programs: The EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation (FP7); the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program (CIP); and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The content and budget of Horizon 2020 are currently under discussion, but three areas or priorities have been established:

  • Excellent Science: To reinforce and extend the excellence of the European Union's science base and to consolidate the European Research Area in order to make the European Union's research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale. (Marie Curie, ERC, etc.)

  • Industrial Leadership: To speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs grow into world-leading companies. (ICTs, nanotechnology, biotechnology, space, etc.)

  • Societal Challenges: This part responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges outlined in the Europe 2020 strategy and is intended to encourage a critical mass of research and innovation efforts in order to achieve the policy objectives of the European Union. (Health, food, energy, transport, etc.).

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The aim of this priority is to promote and strengthen European research excellence. It focuses on generating science and technology with an impact on long-term competitiveness and supporting the development of talent in the European Union. The research lines will be determined primarily by the academic community in a "bottom-up" approach.

It consists of four specific objectives:

  • European Research Council (ERC): to support talented, creative researchers in high-quality research.

  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET): to fund collaborative research in promising new fields through Future and Emerging Technologies.

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: to provide researchers with training and exceptional professional development opportunities.

  • European Research Infrastructure: to develop research infrastructure, including European e-infrastructure, and to ensure researchers have access to it.


This Industrial Leadership priority aims to speed up development of technologies and innovations required for the development and leadership of European companies, thus making the European Union an attractive destination for private investment in R&D&I. The agenda of its activities will be determined by companies and will include collaborative projects and financing instruments.

This priority has the following specific objectives:

  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies to provide dedicated support for R&D&I in the following areas or key enabling technologies (KET):

        - Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

        - Nanotechnology

        - Advanced materials

        - Biotechnology

        - Advanced manufacturing and transformation

        - Space

  • Access to risk finance

  • Innovation in SMEs

This priority aims to encourage the critical mass of research and innovation required to achieve the European Union's policy objectives and societal challenges identified in the Europe 2020 strategy. The activities will focus on challenges, without pre-established technologies or solutions, which will involve pooling resources and multidisciplinary knowledge. They will also cover the complete cycle from research to market, with a new emphasis on innovation measures.

Funding will focus on the following specific objectives:

  • CHALLENGE I: Health, demographic change and wellbeing

  • CHALLENGE 2: Challenges of the European bioeconomy: food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research

  • CHALLENGE 3: Secure, clean and efficient energy

  • CHALLENGE 4: Smart, green and integrated transport

  • CHALLENGE 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

  • CHALLENGE 6: Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

  • CHALLENGE 7: Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens