Horizon 2020 Work Programmes for 2018 - 2020

30 October 2017

Following a consultation process over a number of months, the European Commission published the new work programmes for Horizon 2020 on 27 October 2017 outlining calls for 2018 and indicative calls for 2019 - 2020 for some thematic areas.

The new Work Programmes can be downloaded from the following links:

- LEIT ICT Work Programme 2018 - 2020

- Marie Curie Work Programme 2018 - 2020

- 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

Horizon 2020 is open to International Cooperation.

Marie Curie Calls

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) - Deadline 17 January 2018

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) - Deadline 21 March 2018

eInfrastructures Calls

INFRASUPP-01-2018-2019: Policy and international cooperation measures for research infrastructures - Deadline 22 March 2018

LEIT Calls

ICT 2018 Calls - deadlines 17 April 2018

African Focused Calls

As well as looking at how African research institutions can contribute to general calls, some specific calls that would benefit from African research and innovation participation include:

Food and Agriculture Work Programme

- SFS-33-2018: Support to the implementation of the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security & Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) - Coordination and Support Action requiring at least eight participants from Africa - deadline 13 February 2018

- SFS-12-2019: A vaccine against African swine fever - Innovation Action - deadline 23 January 2019

- SFS-35-2019-2020: Sustainable Intensification in Africa - Research and Innovation Action - deadlines: First Stage: 23 Jan 2019; Second stage 04 Sept 2019. Sub-topic A: proposals shall include at least five participants from specific region of Africa (as defined by the African Union) and a minimum of eight participants from Africa / Sub-topic B: proposals shall include at least eight participants from Africa. Due to logistics the laboratory for soil sample analysis should be located on the African continent.


- LC-SC3-JA-4-2018: Support action in preparation of a Joint Programming activity - Coordination & Support Action, deadline: 31 January 2018

- LC-SC3-JA-5-2019: Joint Programming with EU and African partners for a R&I actions in the area of renewable energy - COFUND (European Joint Programme), deadline: 27 August 2019


- SC1-BHC-16-2018: Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) - Scaling-up of evidence-based health interventions at population level for the prevention and management of hypertension and/or diabetes in low- and middle-income countries - Research and Innovation action, deadline: 18 April 2018

- SC1-HCO-06-2018: Establishment of an International Network of Social Sciences Research Centres to help address governance and other challenges in the preparedness for and the response to infectious threats - Coordination & Support Action, deadline: 18 April 2018

- SC1-BHC-19-2019: Implementation research for maternal and child health - Research and Innovation action, deadlines: First Stage: 02 October 2018; Second Stage: 16 April 2019

Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

- LC-CLA-05-2019: Human dynamics of climate change - Research and Innovation action, deadlines: First Stage: 19 Feb 2019; Second stage 04 Sept 2019. Proposals addressing sub-topic a) shall include at least three participants from at least two different African countries.


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

- IST-Africa Report on ICT Initiatives, Research and Innovation Priorities and Capacity provides an update on the ICT enabling Environment, ICT-related Initiatives and Research Capacity in the targeted countries; National Research Priorities, Priority areas for collaboration in the context of the ICT-39-2017 Call of H2020, a mapping of research priorities to H2020 themes, summary of participation under FP7 and Horizon 2020 and a mapping of Innovation Spaces in Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda as at October 2017 ISBN No: 978-1-905824-58-8.

- 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.