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Thinking Creatively About H2020

In advance of the workshop, we will try (in conjunction with Research Support Services) to make as much information as possible on the background to Horizon 2020 as possible available here.

The intention is for the workshop to be participatory, not simply a general information event on Horizon 2020.

EC proposed Time line for Horizon 2020 –as published on the official EC Research and Innovation H2020 website:

  • Preparatory work in ITRE*: September/October 2013
  • Vote on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in the EP Plenary: September/ October 2013 – all budget figures included below are subject to this vote.
  • Vote on Horizon 2020 in EP Plenary: October/November 2013
  • Adoption by the Council: November/December 2013
  • Adoption of work programme and publication of first calls for proposals: 11 December 2013
  • Horizon 2020 national launch events: October 2013 to January 2014

*Industry, Research & Energy Committee (EU Parliament)

What is changing in Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 will represent a clear break with the past in order have a stronger impact on Europe's priority policy objectives.

Important novelties include: A single programme for all EU managed research and innovation funding, with a single set of participation rules.Full integration of innovation in the programme, meaning more support that is closer to market application (e.g. demonstration, support for SMEs, innovation services, venture capital).A focus on the major societal challenges Europe and the world face. This will mean bringing together different technologies, sectors, scientific disciplines, social sciences and humanities, and innovation actors to find new solutions to these challenges. Simplified access for participants, including a single web portal for all information and projects, less paper work to make applications, and fewer controls and audits. A more inclusive approach with specific actions to ensure excellent researchers and innovators from all European regions can participate, and reinforced support for partnerships with the private sector and with the public sector in order to pool resources and build more effective programmes.

At the same time, successful elements in the current programmes are being scaled up, such as the European Research Council and trans-national collaborative projects.

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s funding mechanism which aims to secure the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology and is designed to create new growth and jobs in Europe and the EU’s replacement for FP7. Complementing Horizon 2020 will be the development of the European Research Area (ERA).

EC Horizon 2020 website:

Horizon 2020 is the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation which will run from January 2014 to December 2020 with a €70 billion budget. The successor programme to FP7 forms part of the proposals for the next 7-year EU budget, complementing proposals for Structural Funds, education (Erasmus for All), etc. It aims to bring together in a single programme the research and development funding currently provided in FP7, the innovation-related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Horizon 2020 is designed to help bring more good ideas to market and has a strong emphasis on coupling research with innovation.

H2020 is made up of seven ‘Flagship Initiatives’:

  1. Innovation Union
  2. Youth on the move
  3. A digital agenda for Europe
  4. Resource efficient Europe
  5. An industrial policy for the globalisation era
  6. An agenda for new skills and jobs
  7. European platform against poverty

The Programme is made up of 3 “pillars” under which calls will be published:


 The “3 Pillars” Explained

1. Excellent Science

This pillar of the H2020 programme has been set up to ◦Strengthen the EU’s position in science by developing, attracting and retaining research talent. World class science is the foundation future technologies, jobs and wellbeing. This element of the programme will give researchers access to the best infrastructures and boost top level research.

In H202 the following funding streams will support:

Funding streams:

  • Starting Grants
  • Consolidator Grants
  • Advanced Grants
  • Synergy Grants
  • Proof of Concept Grants

H2020 sees a budget increased by 77% over FP7 for the ERC.

More information: ERC’s April 2013 statement on the 2014 calls:

2. Industrial Leadership

The aim of this pillar is to strengthen industrial leadership in innovation including major investment in listed key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs. In addition it aims to make Europe a more attractive research and innovation investment option.

Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies: will support the development of technologies underpinning innovation across a range of sectors, including ICT and space. Horizon 2020 will have a strong focus on developing European industrial capabilities in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) with a budget of € 5894 million in constant 2011 prices.

Looking to fund collaborative research and innovation projects with a strong focus on industrial involvement and applied research. Strong bids will looks to combine several key enabling technologies (KETs) for advanced products.

For more detail on the KETs please refer to the UKRO presentation and the H2020 EU website.

3. Societal Challenges

The aim of this part of H202 is to bring together resources and knowledge from different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake. It will include establishing links with the activities of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP).

Funding will focuss on the following 6 key challenges:

1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing – project that look at how to improve lifelong health and wellbeing ;

2. Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bio-economy – how to secure sufficient supplie of safe and high quality food and other bio-based products;

3. Secure, clean and efficient energy – how to transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system;

4. Smart, green and integrated transport – how to resource efficient environmentally friendly, safe, seamless transport solutions for society;

5. Inclusive, innovative and secure societies - how to encourage inclusive, innovative and secure European societies ;

6. Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials – how to resources a sustainable supply of raw material and build resource efficient and climate change resilient economies

The focus will be on inter-disciplinary approaches, and calls will pose questions rather than suggesting answers.

For more information on what projects should focus on for each of the key' challenge' please refer to the UKRO presentation:

The European Commission has compiled useful factsheets providing more information on key questions concerning H202 and its implementation:

Key changes between FP7 and H2020:

Simplification of Rules – for more information refer to Fact Sheet 5:

The following approach is proposed:

• Simplified reimbursement of real direct costs, with a broader acceptance of beneficiaries' usual accounting practices;

• The possibility of using unit personnel costs (average personnel costs) for beneficiaries for which this is their usual accounting method, and for SME owners without a salary;

• Simplification of time-recording by providing a clear and simple set of minimum conditions, in particular abolition of time-recording obligations for staff working full time on the EU project;

• Only two reimbursement rates for all types of participants: 100% for research activities, 70% for piloting and demonstration;

• One single flat rate of 25% to cover indirect costs, instead of the current four methods for calculation;

• Continuation of the system of unit costs and flat rates for mobility and training actions (Marie Curie);

• Output-based funding with lump sums for whole projects in specific areas.

You can download draft versions of the EC Workprogrammes for each funding stream here. Please note these are for internal University reading only as they have not yet been officially released and may be subject to change on final publication.


Further Resources

What is H2020:

H2020 workprogrammes:

H2020 Factsheets:

The above pages are being added to frequently by the EC as the launch of Horizon 2020 approaches.

UKRO H2020 Presentation(21.11.13)(PDF Document)