Background to Horizon 2020 – the EU's flagship programme for science and innovation

Horizon 2020 is the European Union's main research and innovation funding programme. It has been running since 2014 and runs until the end of 2020. Its total budget is €80 billion.

Delivering great benefits, both from the UK perspective and for our European colleagues, Horizon 2020 is a major source of science and innovation funding for the UK.

The UK is currently a top five collaboration partner for each of the other 27 European Union Member States with over 38,000 collaborative links, including the country’s top five partners: Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands.

How it works

UK organisations submit bids to Horizon 2020, either as sole participants or as members of a cross-border consortia, and if successful they receive funding directly from the European Commission.

Horizon 2020 contains a number of different funding programmes and mechanisms and is mainly structured around three pillars. There are opportunities to apply for funding under each of these pillars:

  • Excellent Science
  • Industrial Leadership
  • Societal Challenges.

For more information see the European Commission website: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en

More information on Horizon 2020 government's guarantee and extension and the latest updates.