H2020 programme sections

The European Research Council supports outstanding researchers involved in innovative research projects. Applicants are free to choose research topics from any subject or discipline. (ERC)
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FET research has its own funding stream within the ‘Excellent Science’ strand of Horizon 2020 and supports unconventional and visionary approaches that challenge existing paradigms and have the potential to lead to radical new technologies. (FET)
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Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions provide grants for researchers to undertake training and career development activities by promoting transnational mobility and by sharing knowledge across the sectors and disciplines. This should increase the numbers of highly qualified and innovative researchers within the European research community. (MSCA)
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The European Research Infrastructure programme, including e-Infrastructure, aims to strengthen existing structures in this field and promote collaboration and the development of new structures.

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 Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT), incl. Key Enabling Technologies (KET)

  •  Information and communication technologies
  •  Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, and biotechnology
  •  Space
  •  Ecsel
  •  Fast Track to Innovation

Access to Risk Finance

Innovation in SMEs

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  • Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
  • Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine and Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy
  • Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
  • Smart, Green and Integrated Transport
  • Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
  • Europe in a Changing World - Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies
  • Secure Societies - Protecting Freedom and Security of Europe and its Citizens

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This measure aims to mitigate the unequal distribution of opportunity that exists between the leading innovative EU member states and the weaker countries in terms of their participation in EU research and innovation activities. It aims to make use of the research and innovation potential which exists across the whole EU and to make it accessible to all.

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This measure is designed to encourage collaboration between society and the research and innovation sector and strengthen mutual understanding. This overarching measure operates outside the three pillars and should apply to all areas of research and innovation.

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Within H2020, the JRC (Joint Research Centre) funds investments in innovation and other EC programmes, such as those in the digital single market, the energy union and climate protection. A further key area is the transfer of knowledge between EU member states and international partners

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) promotes measures to encourage economic growth and job creation in Europe. This will be achieved through intensive collaboration involving research, industry and educational institutions via a network of knowledge and innovation communities, or KICs.

In 2018, grants will be awarded in the following sectors:

  • Urban Mobility
  • Added-value Manufacturing

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This action, which originally ran from 2014 – 2018, aims to promote training and research in the nuclear sector in conjunction with Horizon 2020. The project will now continue until 2020 to bring it in line with H2020 timescales.

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This action aims to create synergies between the individual pillars, thereby deriving the greatest benefit from them, in order to overcome future societal challenges.

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This action, which incorporates all H2020 sections, awards grants to companies, research institutions and researchers to raise the international profile of their innovative, top-class projects.

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