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. 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
Please find links to these work programmes below with an initial list of Calls closing in early 2016.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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 (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
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.
|ICT-01-2016:Smart Cyber-Physical Systems|
|ICT-02-2016:Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics|
|ICT-03-2016:SSI - Smart System Integration|
|ICT-12-2016:Net Innovation Initiative|
|ICT-13-2016:Future Internet Experimentation - Building a European experimental Infrastructure|
|ICT-14-2016-2017:Big Data PPP: cross-sectorial and cross-lingual data integration and experimentation|
|ICT-15-2016-2017:Big Data PPP: Large Scale Pilot actions in sectors best benefitting from data-driven innovation|
|ICT-17-2016-2017:Big data PPP: Support, industrial skills, benchmarking and evaluation|
|ICT-18-2016:Big data PPP: privacy-preserving big data technologies|
|ICT-21-2016:Support technology transfer to the creative industries|
|ICT-22-2016:Technologies for Learning and Skills|
|ICT-24-2016:Gaming and gamification|
|ICT-25-2016-2017:Advanced robot capabilities research and take-up|
|ICT-26-2016:System abilities, development and pilot installations|
|ICT-29-2016:Photonics KET 2016|
|ICT-34-2016:Pre-Commercial Procurement open|
|ICT-35-2016:Enabling responsible ICT-related research and innovation|
|ICT-36-2016:Boost synergies between artists, creative people and technologists|
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 2014 and 2015 with specific Societal Challenges themes and the associated deadlines
Horizon 2020 Official site
Frequently Asked Questions on Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 Official site
Horizon 2020 2016-2017 Work Programmes (published 14 October 2015)
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