Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. It will lead to more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Almost €80 billion1 of funding is available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money will attract.

Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that investment in research and innovation is essential for Europe’s future and so put it at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this by coupling research to innovation and focusing on three key areas: excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science and technology that drives economic growth.

Topics & subtopics
Excellent science: Frontier research funded by the European Research Council (ERC); Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
Societal challenges: Health, demographic change and wellbeing; Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy.
EU Member States, Third countries
Geographical level


Total amount of envelope
77 billion euros
Individual maximal amount
Co-financing percentage
From 70% to 100%
Number of funded projects / total applications
13 903/115 235
Success rate
12.6 %

Upcoming calls

Opening: 22 settembre 2020 Scadenza: 26 gennaio 2021
Opening: 22 settembre 2020 Scadenza: 26 gennaio 2021