Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.
The objectives of the programme are:
- driving EU economic growth and job creation;
- producing world-class science;
- removal of barriers to innovation;
- making it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Horizon 2020 has three main areas:
1. Excellent science. The activities are inherently forward-looking, building skills in the long term, focusing on the next generation of science, technology, researchers and innovations and providing support for emerging talent from across the whole of the Union and associated countries, as well as worldwide.
2. Leadership in industry. This pillar aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow’s businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.
3. Societal challenges. A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities.
Starting from 2015 Ukraine has been an associated member of the Horizon 2020 programme. Such membership made the Ukrainian participants equal in rights with their European partners, as well as opened new opportunities for influencing the Programme content.
Ukrainian institutions and organizations are increasingly participating in the Horizon 2020 program. Starting from 2014 and till now, according to the results of 446 calls, 117 Ukrainian organizations got the Horizon 2020 funding to the sum of 17,232 million euros for the realization of 90 projects, 9 of which are coordinated by Ukrainian organizations. During this period, 1,990 Ukrainian organizations prepared and submitted 915 project proposals. The total cost of projects involving 117 Ukrainian organizations is EUR 465,851,011.
The main conditions for participation in the Horizons 2020 calls include a relevant research topic, at least two partners from European countries (EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and submission of an application in English (volume of 10-15 pages, depending on the type of project).
Detailed rules for participation, information on deadlines and open calls, as well as an electronic submission system, are available on the CORDIS Participant Portal. To apply, each organization must register on the Portal and obtain the appropriate PIC code.