Perhaps, the majority of you have ever heard or read about Horizon 2020, which is running in the period between 2014 and 2020 and it is believed to be the most sizeable initiative of the European Union so far to ensure the global competitiveness of Europe.

The objectives

Research and innovation unite behind the Horizon 2020 concept. It aims to ensure Europe leads in excellence science, removes innovation barriers, while making science accessible for public and private sectors to collaborate delivering innovation.

Leaders and European Parliament members actively support Horizon 2020. It gains recognition not only from businesses but also holds political backing.

How much?

Horizon 2020 makes almost 80 billion EUR available over 7 years, showing it as a certain path to propel economic growth, advance sustainable ideas and technologies, as well as produce many jobs.

Who can apply?

What’s essential, Horizon 2020 is open to everyone with a great idea, offering a simplistic structure that reduces the consumption of time and money so participants can focus on what is really valuable.

How to apply?

Everyone can apply by using the electronic submission system – an online marvel that leads the participants step-by-step through the preparation of the project proposal.

The proposal itself is divided into 2 main sections:

  • Administrative part: Structured information of the basic administrative data, declarations of partners, organizations and contact persons, etc.
  • Technical part: A comprehensive description of the planned research and innovation project drafting work packages, costs, etc.

Note: According to the official website of Horizon 2020, further mandatory or optional supporting documents may be expected by the call and the given topic, as shown in the submission system.

What are the themes?

Horizon 2020 program is funding research and innovation themed projects in the following five categories:

  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Smart Cities and Communities
  • Next-generation batteries
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture & forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, as well as the bio-economy

What’s next?

On June 28, 2018, the Commission proposed Horizon Europe specifically as part of the European Union’s long-term plans for 2021-2027.

It expects to become the most ambitious innovation program, surpassing Horizon 2020’s success and similarly growing from its achievements.

Estimates for Horizon Europe’s budget will not finalize for several months. Meanwhile, the European Commission has proposed a budget of €94.1 billion, while the European Parliament requires €120 billion.

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