Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with 79 billion euros of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). UCL aims to be at the forefront of Horizon 2020 participation, and the UCL European Research & Innovation Office (ERIO) aims to facilitate UCL's achievement of this position.
More frequent updates can also be found on the UCL European Research & Innovation Office's Twitter feed. For queries about Horizon 2020 or about collaborating with UCL on a project please contact ERIO.
- Update: The first Horizon 2020 Work Programmes and calls are now live and have been published here. You can read the European Commission's press release here and a handy summary of Horizon 2020 here. Contact ERIO for further information.
- Update: Work Programmes and calls for Horizon 2020 are now being published by the European Commission here (also summarised below), with new documents appearing periodically. If your area is not yet covered please contact ERIO. UCL staff may also sign up for ERIO's Horizon 2020 newsletter.
- Update: The European Commission has issued a call for evaluators for Horizon 2020, who will review submitted proposals. ERIO encourages UCL Principal Investigators to apply to this call, as participating gives useful insight into the proposal evaluation process.
- Update: The European Commission has issued a call for expressions of interest from interested parties to participate as an expert in one of several Advisory Groups, covering all of the expected Areas of Horizon 2020. Update: These groups have now been convened, and information can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=news.new_groups
- Update: The European Commission has produced a useful presentation outlining the Horizon 2020 programme, including information on its rationale, structure, budget and timeline.
- Update: The European Commission has published a summary of the timeline for the development of Horizon 2020, including an overview of the relevant legislative procedures.
Horizon 2020 Work Programmes & Calls
Important note - ERIO will try to keep the links below up to date, however before starting work on a proposal please check the official EU Horizon 2020 page (and use the version hosted there), and contact ERIO for guidance. We also offer a number of services to assist UCL academics leading collaborative proposals.
The UCL European Research and Innovation Office has remained engaged in discussions with the European Commission throughout drafting of Horizon 2020, on behalf of UCL. For further information about the programme please contact ERIO. UCL staff may also sign up for ERIO's Horizon 2020 newsletter.
Future and Emerging Technologies
- FET-Proactive - towards exascale high performance computing
- FET-Proactive - emerging themes and communities
- FET-Flagships - tacking grand interdisciplinary science and technology challenges
- FET-Open - novel ideas for radically new technologies (1)
- FET-Open - novel ideas for radically new technologies (2)
- FET-Open - novel ideas for radically new technologies (3)
European Research Infrastructures
- Information and communication technologies
- Nanotechnologies, advanced materials and production
- Factories of the Future
- Energy-efficient Buildings
- Sustainable Process Industries
- Protection of European assets in and from Space
- Competitiveness of the European Space sector
- Applications in Satellite Navigation
- Capitalising the full potential of on-line collaboration
- Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial chains
- European label for innovation voucher
- European Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk
- Access to risk finance
- Innovation in SMEs
- SME innovation support
For all of the Societal Challenges calls please proceed directly to the main Horizon 2020 calls page and select the relevant challenge from the list:
Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Personalising health and care
- Health Co-ordination activities
Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
- Blue Growth: unlocking the potential of Seas and Oceans
- Sustainable Food Security
- Innovative, Sustainable and inclusive Bioeconomy
Secure, clean and efficient energy
- Smart cities and communities
Smart, green and integrated transport
- Mobility for growth
- Green vehicles
Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
- Water Innovation: Boosting its value for Europe
- Growing a low carbon, resource efficient economy
- Waste: A resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials
Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies
- New forms of innovation
- Reflective societies: cultural heritage and European identities
- The young generation in an innovative, inclusive and sustainable Europe
- Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures
- Europe as a global actor
Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
- Fight against crime and terrorism
- Border security and external security
- Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society
- Digital security: cybersecurity, privacy and trust
- European Research Area Chairs
- Transnational network of National Contact Points
Science with and for society
- Making science education and careers attractive to young people
- Trans-national operation of the EURAXESS Service network
- Responsible Research and Innovation in Higher Education curricula
- Pan-European public outreach: exhibitions and science cafés engaging citizens in science
- Citizens and multi-actor engagement for scenario building
- Supporting structural change in research organisations to promote Responsible Research and Innovation
Developing governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation
- Communication and Dissemination
- Euratom (Nuclear)
Horizon 2020 Background
‘Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’, will succeed Framework Programme 7 as the main financial instrument supporting European research and innovation.
Running from 2014 to 2020 with a €79 billion budget (a 46% increase over FP7), the new programme is intended to form a key part of the overall drive to create new growth and jobs across Europe.
Aside from the increase in budget, Horizon 2020 intends to provide major simplifications through a unified set of rules. It will combine all of the research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Horizon 2020 aims to:
- Strengthen the EU’s position in science with a dedicated budget of € 24 598 million. This will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including an increase in funding of 77% for the very successful European Research Council.
- Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation € 17 938 million. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
- Provide € 31 748 million to help address major societal concerns shared by all Europeans; such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population.
The diagram below shows the organisational structure for Horizon 2020, split between three main areas (click to enlarge).