Horizon 2020

The 8th EU Research Programme


The Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 combines all funding programs of the European Commission related to research and innovation. The priority areas are “Excellence Science”, “Industrial Leadership” and “Societal Challenges”.

In addition, Horizon 2020 covers also measures in pursuing the cohesion policy objectives (broadening participation), activities to increase social acceptance of science (science with and for society) as well as direct measures of the Joint Research Centre and the European Innovation and Technology Institute for integration of higher education, research and innovation.

Excellence Science

Activities under this Pillar aim to reinforce and extend the excellence of the Union’s science base and to consolidate the European Research Area in order to make the Union’s research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale.



Societal Challenges

Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere.

A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake.