Horizon2020 is aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness and addressing the challenges facing our society, by supporting research and innovation. Horizon 2020 is running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of approx. 70 bn. EUR. The programme is structured into 3 pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. For further introduction to the programme click here
- Excellent Science: The first pillar focuses on Excellent Science to raise the level of excellence in Europe's science base and ensure a steady stream of world-class research to secure Europe's long-term competitiveness. The research proposals are pure bottom-up. The programme has budget of 22.3 bill bn. EUR. This pillar includes the instruments: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, European Research Council (ERC), and Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). For more information and open calls click here
- Industrial Leadership: The second pillar in the Horizon 2020 aims at making Europe a more attractive location to invest in research and innovation, by promoting activities where businesses set the agenda. The programme has a budget of 15.6 bn. EUR. The instruments in this pillar are: Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technology (LEIT), Access to Risk Finance, and Innovation in SME’s. For more information and open calls click here
- Societal Challenges: The third pillar under the Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major societal concern e.g. within Health, Energy, Transport etc. Activities have a challenge-based approach aiming at bringing together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines. The programme has a total budget of 27 bn. EUR. distributed across seven thematic areas. For more information and open calls click here
Support funds for Horizon 2020 – EUopSTART: EUopSTART offers grants for the preparatory work of Danish businesses and knowledge institutions with a view to participating in selected European and international research programmes – such as Horizon 2020. The grant covers salary, travel expenses and funds for consultancy. EUopSTART calls can be found here.