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Horizon 2020 Funding


Horizon 2020 work programmes are released on a multi-annual basis. The current 2018/2019/2020 Work Programme can be accessed through the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Participant Portal.

Useful EC guidance and information is also available through the Participant Portal.

Horizon 2020 calls are organised by thematic area.

Most call topics are for collaborative research projects to address challenges defined in the call topic description. Topics can emphasise applied research or can be more open in scope. The type of activity expected is covered in the topic description, as is the expected scope and impact of projects.

European Research Council (ERC) calls are high value opportunities for individual researchers to propose their own frontier science projects.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie  programme includes calls for Individual Fellowships and for collaborative research training networks, in both cases the research topic is proposed by the applicants.

For information about specific call areas see our Horizon 2020 Work Programme pages, consult the open and forthcoming calls pages on the Participant Portal, or access the Work Programme and its introduction on the Participant Portal.

Oxford is a subscriber to the UK Research Office. Their website contains useful information about Horizon 2020, including early notification of EC information events. All Oxford researchers can subscribe to the UKRO news feed, and can customise this to fit their own needs.

Applying for Horizon 2020 Funding Opportunities

Applications for Horizon 2020 funding are made through the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Participant Portal. Calls are organised thematically and applicants are advised to read the introduction to the section of the work programme containing their call topic and the general introduction to the current multi-annual Work Programme as well as the specific information about their call topic. For some calls the Commission also issues Guides for Applicants which contain essential information about the application process and expectations.

All information is on the Participant Portal: Access the relevant topic then expand the “Topic conditions and documents” section.

The online submission system is accessed through the “Start submission” button on the relevant topic page on the Portal.

Oxford information for applicants

Factsheets are provided below for applicants to high volume EC calls. If you require guidance on how to search the EC's Participant portal and the actual process of applying for funding/submitting a proposal this can be found on the Oxford Research Support website

Also below are copies of Workshop presentations by the European and International team on various topics.

X5 factsheets are available to help with costing the different types of EC applications and awards.

Complementary guidance from the European and International team on applying to the EC can be found on the Oxford Research Support website; this specifically covers how to navigate the Participant Portal, using the submission system and further details on the requirements when either applying as a lead or non-lead beneficiary.

The University holds a European Commission HR Excellence in Research award.  Please display the HR Excellence in Research Award logo  and/or refer to the award in your grant application wherever appropriate.

Last Updated 23 February 2018



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