Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU's main research and innovation funding programme. It runs from 2014-2020 and has a budget of €80 billion. Horizon 2020 contains a number of different funding programmes and mechanisms and is structured around three pillars; Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. There are opportunities for individual researchers and groups of researchers to apply for funding under each of these pillars.

National Contact Points (NCPs)

The NCPs raise awareness of the research and innovation opportunities in Horizon 2020 and offer advice, information and guidance to participants and potential participants on administrative procedures and the scope and modalities of funding schemes under Horizon 2020. Other areas NCPs can advise on include eligibility, generic question on applications and the EU Participant Portal. NCPs offer advice, information and guidance by email and phone and also organise information events.

The NCPs can also feed comments and issues raised by the UK research community back to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as well as to the European Commission.

All UK NCPs for Horizon 2020 are hosted by UKRI, with different departments taking the lead:

UKRI International Shared Capability:

Economic and Social Sciences Research Council:

Innovate UK:

  • Legal and Financial Issues
  • Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing (NMBP)
  • ICT and Future and Emerging Technologies
  • Space
  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Fast Track to Innovation Pilot
  • Societal Challenge 2: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine and Inland Water Research, Bioeconomy
  • Societal Challenge 4: Transport
  • Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
  • Societal Challenge 7: Secure Societies

Contact details of Innovate UK NCPs can be found here.

Medical Research Council

Science and Technology Facilities Council

UK Research Council Office:

2018-20 Work Programme Information Days

A series of information days discussing Science with and for Society (SwafS) and Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation as well as wider research funding will take place in the autumn of 2018. Please continue to check this page for updates.

If you would like to be kept informed of further developments relating to these two programmes, as well as future events, please contact Siân Summerton and ask to be added to the mailing list:

  • Science with and for Society (SwafS): SWAFSNCP@rcuk.ac.uk
  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation: Excellence-ParticipationNCP@rcuk.ac.uk

Update: UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview

The government has published updated information for UK applicants to Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship programme for science and innovation.

This document provides an overview of the situation for UK applicants following the June EU Council. It also offers further detail about the UK’s commitment to underwrite funding and the extension to the UK’s funding guarantee until the end of Horizon 2020.

The full document can be found in this Brexit fact sheet from the UK Research Office (UKRO) website.

UKRO is the European Office of the UK Research Councils.