Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing theInnovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Horizon 2020 comprises of three main pillars, whose content is driven by science, industry and policy:

  •  Excellent Science
  • Industrial Leadership
  • Societal Challenges

These pillars are completed by seven additional programmes:

  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
  • Science with and for Society
  • Cross-cutting activities (focus areas)
  • Fast Track to Innovation Pilot
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Euratom
  • Smart Cyber-Physical Systems


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