Horizon 2020 (H2020, 2014 – 2020) is the European Union’s main instrument for promoting science, technological development, and innovation.
From Fundamental Research to Innovation
H2020 covers a wide range of topics, from fundamental research to close-to-market innovations. Bottom-up funding is available for excellent researchers, researcher mobility, infrastructure development, small and medium-sized enterprises, and international cooperation.
Work Program – Call – Project Proposal
A large proportion of the budget is awarded to projects addressing concrete challenges (topics). These topics are described in thematic work programs. The EU then launches calls for proposals for these topics. If a project does not match the scope and impact described in the work program / call, it will not be funded.
Biomedical Research in H2020
Biomedical research will be primarily addressed through the program part “Societal Challenges – Health, demographic change, and well-being”. Networks aiming at the career development of young researchers can be funded through the Marie Sklodowska Curie program. “Future Emerging Technologies” (FET) funds excellent, visionary, and high-risk research leading to the implementation of radially new technological concepts.
Innovative Medicines Initiative
The Innovative Medicines Initiative is a public-private partnership between the EU Commission and the pharmaceutical industry. It aims at creating new impulses in pharmaceutical research through financial support and networking. The budget of the period (2014-2024) is 3.3 billion Euro. Projects are characterized by large consortia with significant industry participation. Calls and conditions are published on http://www.imi.europa.eu.
For further information and advice, contact Katrin Schiebel.