Horizon 2020

Are partners required?


Is mobility required/involved?


Key areas of focus

Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Research and innovation


Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available from 2014 to 2020. It succeeds the 7th Framework programme (FP7) and has brought together all of the previous EU's research and innovation funding under a single common strategic framework.

Horizon 2020 aims to drive economic growth and create jobs with an emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. It supports breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Key facts

You can apply for funding for projects which:

  • involve ground-breaking research or new technologies
  • improve research training, development or infrastructure
  • create growth in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, materials, biotechnology, information and communication technology, nanotechnology and space
  • increase private investment in research
  • respond to challenges such as climate change or food security.

Usually you apply as part of a consortium of organisations from different countries as many calls require a team of at least three partners.

The focus of Horizon 2020 is on large scale grants, and likely recipients will be universities, research bodies, and larger scale organisations. However, it may be possible for smaller organisations to be a 'junior' partner in an application from a consortium of larger organisations.  

Horizon 2020 is comprised of strands and sub-strands. The strands focused on industrial leadership and societal challenges (with budgets of €17 billion and €29.7 billion respectively) are the most relevant to the arts, culture, heritage, creative and audiovisual sectors.

Relevant region(s)

Organisations in all nations of the UK can apply. 

Horizon 2020 is open to EU Member States and to other countries. Participating countries are outlined in the work programmes and guidelines on the Horizon 2020 website

UK contact point(s)

There are various contact points in the UK, depending on your field of research. A list of these is available on the gov.uk website.