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Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the EC’s research and innovation funding programme. It runs from 2014-2020 and has a budget of €80 billion. As with the previous framework programmes, it is split into different funding schemes. EC funding and schemes are organised into ‘work programmes’ and these fit into either three main pillars or cross-cutting schemes. Please see both our Work programmes information and the H2020 summary factsheet below to understand more about how EC research funding works. The current H2020 work programme covers 2016-2017. The new programme for 2018-2020 will be published later in 2017.

Political leaders agree that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs. By coupling research and innovation, H2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

To address the need of greater involvement from the non-academic sector (particularly commercial enterprises) and to have a greater emphasis on research impact, Horizon 2020 has a slightly different focus to FP7. H2020, whilst still retaining funding for ‘bottom-up’ and basic research, has greater emphasis on ‘innovation’ and specific funding for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Please note: if you have previously applied for, and gained, funding under FP7 when applying for H2020 funding you will need to address the changes in emphasis. Additionally, cross-cutting issues such as addressing the gender balance in research and open access and open data now have greater emphasis. For further reading please see our Horizon 2020 Support section and the EC's Horizon 2020 website.

Further Information

Our Deadlines page lists all the open and forthcoming calls for the current Work Programme year. For a comprehensive list of Oxford factsheets relating to current EC funding opportunities please see our Applying for Horizon 2020 Funding page. Our Work Programmes page has an overview of all the current funding schemes.