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You interested in working as a team member in or as a coordinator of an international collaborative research project, aiming to resolve a societal challenge of supra-national importance? Then H2020 top down funding / is for you. 


With input from industry, the EC has chosen 7 topics it considers of paramount mportance - the 7 “societal challenges.” These topics set the framework within which H2020 funding for collaborative research projects is provided. These 7 Societal Challenges are:

How Do I Find a Call that Fits my Research? 

The EC has developed a Work Programme (2014-2015) for each of these topics - 7 WPs in all. These Work Programme contain the calls for proposals - set by the EC - relevant to each topic.

Horizon 2020 demands more “footwork” than did FP7. You may be able to contribute your expertise to projects not only within “your” work programme, but in collaboration with others also in one or more of the other Societal Challenges Work Programmes.

You can search in at least two ways for calls that may fit your research topic:

  • On the “Find Your Area” page, http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/find-your-area, you can click on the various topic areas provided by the EU to see the open calls related to that topic area. Supporting documentation is also provided. OR
  • On the right hand side of the page, you can type in your own specific search term, and work your way to the relevant calls that way.

As you will see, Horizon 2020 calls either explicitly require or request interdisciplinary work. Most also require partners from across the spectrum of science, industry, SME, civil society and sometimes also governmental actors. Some are quite specific about the stage in the innovation cycle that the project should start and stop at. This is particularly relevant for nano- and biotechnology related calls. Business plans are expected in some cases. There are guidelines for these.

Project Budgets 

The calls provide parameters for what would be “normal” budget amounts. It is not advisable to suggest a project outside of these parameters, unless very good reason can be given.

More Information

Please contact the EU-Referentin to discuss your plans, and/or check out the participant Portal (see "more Information" page).


Zuletzt aktualisiert: 11.09.2014 · michelj

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