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Bridges vol. 39, May 2014 / News from the Network

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding. It is Europe’s financial instrument for implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means for driving economic growth and creating jobs, Horizon 2020 is an investment in Europe’s future, which puts it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth and jobs.

Funding opportunities by Horizon 2020 are announced through two-year work programs in specific areas. Watch for them on the online Participant Portal, as they can be used as a calendar for the calls for proposals to be published during the year. The Participant Portal is the entry point for electronic administration of EU-funded research and innovation projects and hosts the services for managing proposals and projects throughout their life cycle.

Each call provides more precise information about the questions that the Commission would like individuals to address in their proposals. All calls can be found in the EU’s Official Journal – the official source for all EU documents – as well as on the Participant Portal.

Once a proposal passes the evaluation stage (which takes about five months), applicants are informed of the outcome. The European Commission then draws up a grant agreement with each participant. The grant agreement confirms what research and innovation activities will be undertaken, the project’s duration, budget, rates and costs, the European Commission's contribution, all rights and obligations, and more. There is generally a three-month time limit for signing the grant agreements.
See how to participate.
See how to get funding.