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: 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.
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
- Secure, clean and efficient energy
- Smart, green and integrated transport
- Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
- Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies
- Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
- Spreading excellence and widening participation
- 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).