Horizon 2020 is the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of 70 billion Euro.
H2020 combines all EU research and innovation funding previously provided through the 7th Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
Commercial opportunities: H2020 holds a large number of funding programmes. In general, the H2020 approach is to tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative enterprise to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential.
For companies, the most attractive points into H2020 are the following three:
The EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument): H2020 includes an attractive funding instrument targeted at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) holding innovative ideas with high market potential. Read more about the SME Instrument here.
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: H2020 funds the training, mobility and recruitment of individual researchers in companies as well as in Academia. Read more about Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions here.
Collaborative Projects: H2020 funds direct collaboration between companies and research institutions within a multitude of specific themes. Read more on Collaborative Projects here.