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The three pillars in Horizon 2020

Pillar 1: Excellent Science

If you have an idea for a ground-breaking research project in Scientific Excellence, you can apply for grants under this pillar from the following four sub-programmes:

Within Excellent Science, SDU RIO primarily support the FET and INT programmes. INT is a sub-program under Marie Sklodowska-Curie.

Read about the programmes here:

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Do you have questions, please contact the research support at SDU.


Pillar 2:  Industrial Leadership

The Industrial Leadership pillar is for people interested in application-oriented research and collaboration with companies.The pillar supports collaboration projects within:

  • Application-oriented research
  • Technology development
  • Market-driven innovation

The pillar grants funds for the research and innovation programme LEIT (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies). The LEIT-program supports research, development and demonstrations within a range of multi-discipline and strategic technologies such as micro- and nano-technology, electronics, photonics, biotechnology, advanced materials and advanced production processes, information and communication technology (ICT) and space.

In addition, the pillar grants risk financing and subsidies for innovation projects in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Companies with ambitions for growth and internationalisation in particular can apply.

Read more about Industrial Leadership

Do you need more information, advice or guidance about pillar 2, please contact Esben Flindt  by mail


Pillar 3: Societal Challenge

The Societal Challenge pillar focuses on developing solutions for major European and societal challenges and is based on the seven sub-programmes of health, bioeconomy, energy, transport, climate, spacious society and security.

The individual programmes cover the entire chain from research to commercialisation, and focus on innovative solutions and societal impact.

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Do you need more information, advice or guidance about pillar 3, please contact Harald Hasler-Sheetal by mail, Maéva Vignes by mail or Lena Lykke Jønch-Clausen by mail

Last Updated 21.12.2021