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€15 billion over the first two years to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy

The first calls for Horizon2020, the EU’s new Framework Programme for Research, opened on 11 December, 2013.

All information related to the Horizon2020 and the calls can be found in the Commission’s renewed Participant Portal (section Funding Opportunities).

Horizon 2020 is the new EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €70 billion budget. Horizon2020 consists of three pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. For the first time, the Commission has indicated funding priorities over two years, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty than ever before on the direction of EU research policy. Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions as of today, with more to follow over the course of the year. Calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth around €7.8 billion, with funding focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020 as follows:

Excellent Science: Around €3 billion, including €1.7 billion for grants from the European Research Council for top scientists and €800 million for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships for younger researchers (see MEMO/13/1123).


Industrial Leadership: €1.8 billion to support Europe's industrial leadership in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space.
Societal challenges: €2.8 billion for innovative projects addressing Horizon 2020's seven societal challenges, broadly: health; agriculture, maritime and bioeconomy; energy; transport; climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; reflective societies; and security.

You will find a press release on How funding under Horizon 2020 is organized under this link. The simplified rules and submission and grant management tools should facilitate participants' tasks. For practical guidance, see the H2020 online manual.



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