Horizon 2020

Research and Innovation funding / grants programme

Horizon 2020 is a Research and Innovation programme offering €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) for cutting-edge projects.

Specialities: Research and Innovation funding opportunities
Area Served: Bristol, BANES, North Somerset, South Glos

Organisations such as businesses and universities can access Horizon 2020 (H2020) funding support for research and innovation projects.  It's aims are to:

  • ensure that Europe produces world-class science
  • remove barriers to innovation
  • make it easier for public and private sectors to innovate together

The Horizon 2020 programme has 3 areas of focus:

Excellent science - Raising the level of excellence in Europe’s science base by:

  • supporting the best ideas
  • developing European talent
  • providing researchers with access to a research infrastructure

Industrial leadership - Stimulating the growth potential of European companies by:

  • offering access to risk finance
  • encouraging private investment in R&D
  • engaging smaller companies by offering support for innovative SMEs

Societal challenges - Reflecting the policy priorities of the European Commission. This covers all stages of research and innovation - from concept to market.

What can I get funding for?

  • involve ground breaking research or new technologies
  • improve research training and development, or research infrastructure
  • create growth in sectors like advanced manufacturing, materials, biotechnology, information and communication technology, nanotechnology and space
  • increase private investment in research
  • respond to challenges like climate change, food security or healthcare for an ageing population

 Am I Eligible?

  • You must be a consortium of at least 3 organisations if you want to apply to run a standard research project.
  • Each consortium member must be an organisation that has legal standing such as a registered business, partnership or charity. Different funding competitions may have other conditions.
  • Horizon 2020 funding opportunities are open to everyone in an EU member state.  There are also opportunities for people from some other countries. The EU calls these associated countries and third countries.

Small or medium sized companies (SMEs) can also get help from a coach or mentor, e.g. to improve management skills, create a marketing strategy or raise finance.

To find out more about participating visit the website or request a call back from Innovate UK, who are the national contact for this programme. 



Funding opportunities from Horizon 2020

Through the Horizon 2020 participant portal, you can find out more about open calls for funding grants for your research or innovation projects.

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