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Horizon 2020 is the European Commission programme for financing European research and innovation projects. The goal is to ensure Europe continues to produce world-class science projects.

In 2014 Horizon 2020 started with a budget of €80 billion for the next 7 years, to invest in innovative projects. The aim of the programme is to invest in our future, in sustainable and inclusive growth, and jobs. To achieve this, Horizon 2020 couples research and innovation with its emphasis on industrial leadership, excellent science and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure that Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.


MSCA (Marie Curie program)

MSCA (Marie Curie program) has 5 different types of grants available in the MSCA program, aiming to set up different types of training networks or training programs. Other grants fund fellowships or events to increase the popularity of science in society. Marie Curie aims to enhance the skills of researchers or science staff in different stages of their career and the possibility to improve your career in science. In a lot of the grants the mobility principle is an important requirement, the researchers need to travel towards another country to gain skills, expertise or a fellowship.

Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

Subsidy: €3,000,000

Total budget: €530,000,000 (2020)

Funding rate: 100%

Deadlines: New call expected in 2021, under Horizon Europe program

Project duration: 4 years

Consortium: Partnerships take the form of collaborative European Training Networks (ETN), European Industrial Doctorates (EID) or European Joint Doctorates (EJD).

Scope: The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

Individual Fellowship (IF)

Subsidy: €275,000

Total budget: €324,000,000 (2020)

Funding rate: 100%

Deadlines: 9 September 2020

Project duration: max. 3 years

Consortium: Researchers of any nationality. Employment must be in EU Member States or Horizon2020 Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors.

Scope: Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality, for employment in EU Member States or Horizon2020 Associated Countries. Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Horizon2020 Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe.

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Subsidy: €2,500,000

Total budget: €80,000,000 (2020)

Funding rate: 100%

Deadlines: New call expected in 2021

Project duration: 4 years

Consortium: At least three legal entities established in different Member State or associated countries. Usually between 5-10 partners.

Scope: The RISE scheme promotes international and cross-sector collaboration through exchanging research and innovation staff, and sharing knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa). The scheme fosters a shared culture of research and innovation that welcomes and rewards creativity and entrepreneurship and helps to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes.

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)

Subsidy: max €10,000,000

Total budget: €100,000,000 (2020)

Funding rate: 50%

Deadlines: 29 September 2020

Project duration: 5 years

Consortium: One main participant, such as: government ministry, regional authority, funding agecy, university, research organisation, and enterprise. Research teams will not be funded.

Scope: The COFUND scheme aims co-fund new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to open up to, and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career. COFUND supports doctoral programmes for PhD candidates, as well as fellowship programmes for expierenced researchers.

European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT)

Subsidy: ~€200,000

Funding rate: 100%

Deadlines: New call expected under Horizon Europe

Project duration: 1 year

Consortium: Participants can be any legal entity in the EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries, and/or if relevant, constitute a partnership at regional, national or international level.

Scope: European Researchers’ Nights are public events dedicated to bringing researchers closer to the public. They showcase the diversity of research and highlight the impact of research on our daily lives. The aim is also to motivate young people to embark on research careers. The events promote how researchers contribute to our society by displaying their work in an interactive and engaging forum.

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