Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 commenced in January 2014 as the new Framework Programme to implement the Innovation Union with research and innovation funds of €80 billion from 2014 - 2020.

Horizon 2020 addresses all research and innovation funding that was previously provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development (e.g. FP7), Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Support proposed for Research and Innovation under Horizon 2020 includes:

- Strengthening research in Science (budget of €24.5 billion)

- Strengthening Industrial leadership in Innovation (budget of €22.6 billion), including investment in key technologies, access to capital and support for SMEs

- Address Societal challenges (budget of €31 billion) such as climate change, sustainable transport and mobility, affordable renewal energy, food security, ageing population

The Work Programmes for 2016 - 2017 Calls for each thematic area were published on 14 October 2015 and updated on 25 July 2016. The Work Programme links in this area provide access to the updated Work programme.

ICT is a horizontal activity that is included across a number of Work Programmes within LEIT and within Societal Challenges. Download Guide to ICT-related Activities in 2016-2017 Work Programmes

IST-Africa has prepared a number of resources to assist newcomers to Horizon 2020:

- IST-Africa Introduction to Horizon 2020 is designed to support newcomers to Horizon 2020 to better understand the structure, rules and expectations. Chapter 1 provides a short introduction to Horizon 2020, the role of International Cooperation including insights into African participation under FP7 and Horizon 2020 to date and summarises the key differences between FP7 and Horizon 2020. Chapter 2 provides more details in relation to Research Areas, Participation Rules, Funding Instruments and African participation under initial calls of Horizon 2020. Chapter 3 provides insights into a number of preparatory steps that need to be considered prior to preparing a proposal for submission under Horizon 2020. These include identification of relevant research areas and calls, identification of complementary partners and correct funding instrument.

- Overview of ICT-39-2017 Call - Innovation Actions based on addressing end-user requirements in sub-Saharan African countries - Deadline 25 April 2017

- IST-Africa Guide to 2017 Calls for Proposals in Horizon 2020 is based on updated 2017 Work Programmes to provide an overview of Calls, themes and deadlines within the Marie Curie, eInfrastructures, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT - International Cooperation, Future Internet, Content, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Key enabling Technologies) and each of the Societal Challenges (Health, Food Security and Agriculture, Energy, Transport, Environment, Inclusive and Reflective Societies, Secure Societies) Work Programmes.

- IST-Africa Guide to 2016 Calls for Proposals in Horizon 2020 based on updated Work Programmes to provide an overview of Calls, themes and deadlines within the Marie Curie, eInfrastructures, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT - Components and Systems, Advanced Computing, Future Internet, Content Technologies and Information Management, Robotics and Key enabling Technologies (Micro-nano-electronics and photonics)) and each of the Societal Challenges (Health, Food Security and Agriculture, Energy, Transport, Environment, Inclusive and Reflective Societies, Secure Societies) Work Programmes.

- IST-Africa Report on ICT Initiatives and Research Capacity in IST-Africa partner countries provides an overview of the current ICT Initiatives, Research Capacity, mapping of thematic priorities and research capacity in the context of the ICT-39 H2020 Call and updated mapping of research priorities under Horizon 2020 in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda as at January 2016. ISBN No: 978-1-905824-47-2. This is a valuable reference report to assist in identifying partners for inclusion in ICT-39 Proposals.

- Presentation on ICT in 2016 - 2017 Work Programmes - M Moller, DG CONNECT, November 2015

Please visit the Horizon 2020 section within the Participants portal to download the Proposers Guide and specific templates to prepare proposals for submission under Horizon 2020 calls open in 2016 and 2017 within specific Marie Curie, eInfrastructures, LEIT and Societal Challenges themes.

Excellent Science

With the aim of increasing excellence in science, it is envisaged that Horizon 2020 will support frontier research, collaborative research on Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), training and career development through Marie Curie Actions and research infrastructures (including eInfrastructures).

Marie Curie Calls

Marie Curie WorkProgramme 2016 - 2017

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) - Deadline 12 January 2016

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) - Deadline 28 April 2016

Individual Fellowships (IF) - Deadline 14 September 2016

eInfrastructures Calls

Research Infrastructures WorkProgramme (including eInfrastructures)

eInfrastructures (EINFRA) - Deadline 30 March 2016

INFRASUPP-03-2016:Support to policies and international cooperation for e-infrastructure - Deadline 30 March 2016

INFRADEV-04-2016:European Open Science Cloud for Research - Deadline 22 June 2016

Industrial Leadership

With the aim to make Europe a more attractive location for investment in research and innovation, it is envisaged that Horizon 2020 will build

- Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies with dedicated support for ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing, and space, while also providing support for cross-cutting actions to capture the accumulated benefits from combining several Key Enabling Technologies;

- Facilitate access to risk finance;

- Provide support for innovation in SMEs.

It aims to also further develop industrial capacity in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) including Micro- and nano-electronics, photonics; Nanotechnologies; Advanced materials; Biotechnology; Advanced manufacturing and processing; and development of these technologies requires a multi-disciplinary, knowledge and capital-intensive approach.

ICT related challenges include Components and Systems, Advanced Computing, Future Internet, Content Technologies, Robotics and Smart Spaces, ICT KETs and ICT for Manufacturing.

LEIT ICT Work Programme 2016 - 2017

ICT 2017 Calls - deadline 25 April 2017 - International Cooperation, Future Internet, Content, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Key enabling Technologies

Download Guide to 2017 Calls for Proposals for more details

ICT-39-2017 - Deadline 25 April 2017

Unique opportunity for African institutions undertaking Research and Innovation to co-design an Innovation Action based on addressing end-user requirements in sub-Saharan African countries in cooperation with European partners.

The ICT-39-2017 call provides an opportunity for multidisciplinary teams incorporating thematic experts (e.g., Health, Agriculture, Environment) and ICT experts to co-design an Innovation Action based on end-user requirements in sub-Saharan Africa. Innovation Actions have limited research and development related to adaptation of existing technology. It is expected that any research related to the challenge to be addressed and understanding of the state of the art in the thematic area is already undertaken and demonstrated in the proposal submitted. Since demonstration and market validation is the primary focus of an Innovation Action, the consortium must demonstrate relevant links with end-user communities who will be involved in the validation process and this needs to be clearly demonstrated in the proposal submitted. Click here for more information.

Societal Challenges

As part of addressing the Europe 2020 strategy, funding will focus on the following challenges:

- Health, demographic change and wellbeing - Download Work Programme

- Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bio-economy - Download Work Programme

- Secure, clean and efficient energy - Download Work Programme

- Smart, green and integrated transport - Download Work Programme

- Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials - Download Work Programme

- Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies - Download Work Programme

- Secure Societies - Download Work Programme

Please visit the Participants portal for the details of calls open in 2016 and 2017 with specific Societal Challenges themes and the associated deadlines

Relevant Links to get more information

Horizon 2020 Official site

Horizon 2020 Calls on Participants Portal

Frequently Asked Questions on Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 Links

Horizon 2020 Official site

Horizon 2020 Open Calls

Horizon 2020 2016-2017 Work Programmes (published 14 October 2015)

LEIT ICT Work Programme 2016 - 2017

Marie Curie Work Programme 2016 - 2017

Research Infrastructures Work Programme (including eInfrastructures)

Societal Challenges:

Health Work Programme

Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bio-economy Work Programme

Secure, clean and efficient energy Work Programme

Smart, green and integrated transport Work Programme

Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials Work Programme

Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies Work Programme

Secure Societies Work Programme

Frequently Asked Questions on Horizon 2020