Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the new European Commission framework programme for research and innovation on the period 2014-2020.

An overall budget of € 80 billion aims to fund research and innovation projects, with the high focus on strengthening the European industrial position in the world.

The program has been initiated in order to answer to several stakes such as overcome economic crisis through investment in jobs and growth, take into consideration the concerns of European citizens with regard to their living habits, their safety and the environment and strengthen Europe’s position in research and innovation.

The Horizon 2020 program has three main priorities:

  • Scientific Excellence
  • Industrial leadership
  • Societal Challenges

Pillar 2: Industrial Leadership Pillar 3: Societal Challenges
ICT Health, demographic change and well-being
Key enabling technologies

  • Nanotechnologies
  • Advanced materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Advanced manufacturing and processing
Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry,
marine and maritime and inland water research
and the bio-economy
Secure, clean and efficient energy
Smart, green and integrated transport
Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
Space Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens


What types of project H2020 is funding?
  • Research and innovation Actions projects: Action primarily consisting of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. For this purpose they may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment. Projects may contain closely connected but limited demonstration or pilot activities aiming to show technical feasibility in a near to operational environment. Funding rate: 100%
  • Innovation Actions projects : An action primarily consisting of activities directly aiming at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication. Funding rate: 70% for for-profit organisations and 100% for non-profite organisations
  • Coordination and support actions projects: An action consisting primarily of accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies, including design studies for new infrastructure and may also include complementary activities of networking and coordination between programmes in different countries. Funding rate: 100%
  • SME instrument: The aim of the SME Instrument is to fill the gaps in funding for the early stages, Research and Innovation and accelerating the exploitation of innovation. Projects will be selected through a bottom-up approach within a given societal challenge or enabling technology of H2020. They must be of clear interest and benefit to SMEs and have a clear European dimension. When applying for funds through this instrument SMEs can form collaborations according to their needs, including for subcontracting research and development work to apply for funding and support. Funding rate: 70% in phase 2 (100% in the health sector)
  • Fast Track to Innovation: FTI also aims to nurture trans-disciplinary and cross-sector approaches. All kinds of innovation actors can work together to develop sustainable innovations addressing societal needs or areas under ‘Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies’ and, at the same time, create viable business opportunities. This is why FTI projects must be business-driven and clearly demonstrate a realistic potential for quick deployment and market take-up of innovations. Maximum EU contribution: 3 million EUR
What is the assessment process?

The proposals are evaluated against 3 criteria:

  • The excellence covers the clarity and pertinence of your scientific objectives, and the credibility of your approach. Here will be evaluated the soundness of your concept, including its innovation potential beyond the state-of-the-art.
  • The impact covers the relevance of your concept with the impacts listed in the chosen topic. Here should be also described all the competitiveness, growth, jobs and social impacts of your project. This section is major in the assessment of all Horizon 2020 project, especially Innovation Actions, aiming at demonstrating potential of an idea/technology with the goal of rapid industrialization. Finally, you should describe here the communication and dissemination activities as well as all precautions taken for IP management.
  • The quality and efficiency of the implementation assesses the relevance of your work programme with your objectives, the related budget and resources allocated to its success and the complementarity of the consortium members.
Who can apply?
  • Research centers, Local and Regional authorities, Corporations, SMEs, Universities, Non-profit organisations, International Organisations.
  • Consortium of 3 partners from 3 countries for traditional projects.
Euroquality in H2020

Euroquality offers a 3 steps methodology for project setting-up under Horizon 2020, enabling maximizing your success chances:


Euroquality is also involved in a French initiative from the Association of Consultants in Innovation and BPI France to perform diagnosis of SME for the setting-up of SME Instrument in Phase 1.
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Euroquality is currently involved in 4 Horizon 2020 funded projects:


Coordinated by Energy Institute – Johannes Kepler University – Austria
H2020, 2018-2020, 2M€, 13 partners
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Envisioning and testing new models of sustainable energy cooperation and services in industrial parks


Coordinated by The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast – Irlande
H2020, 2017-2021, 10M€, 33 partners
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Development of a joint EU-China food safety system about several aspects of food safety such as food legislation or food inspection.


Coordinated by ESTIA – France
H2020, 2015-2018, 1.7M EUR
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Implementation of a real time monitoring energy consumption platform and development of a serious game aiming at raising the awareness among citizens for energy efficiency.


Coordinated by IFV – France
Horizon 2020, 2015-2017, 2M EUR
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Implementation of a network of European wine-growing regions, aiming at exchanging and transferring innovative knowledge to increase the productivity and sustainability of the sector.