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Horizon 2020

What is Horizon 2020



Horizon 2020 is the EU's framework programme for research and innovation which runs from 2014 to 2020, with a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion (roughly JPY 10 trillion). It is fully open to international cooperation and is the EU's biggest research and innovation programme ever. It will lead to more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Horizon 2020 is built around 3 pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. The budget distribution of H2020 is shown below.

H2020 budget distribution


Cooperation Opportunities for Japan

  • Japanese participation is welcome in all Calls for Proposals of Horizon 2020.
  • Horizon 2020 offers the best Japanese academic or industrial researchers a unique gateway to Europe’s excellence in research and innovation, and
  • Access to Europe's knowledge, scientific data, world-class infrastructures and to world-leading scientific networks.


Japanese partners are welcome to join consortia in collaborative research projects.

Short- and long-term mobility of researchers to and from the EU is an important driver of the EU-Japan research and innovation partnership. There are many opportunities through Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the European Research Council (ERC), which offer fellowships and grants to talented researchers. Mobility of students, faculty and researchers is also supported through Erasmus+ .

Researchers from Japan, a similarly scientifically advanced, industrialised country, are however, not automatically funded through Horizon 2020 in collaborative projects except where a specific reciprocal arrangement has been put in place, where it is specified in the Work Programme, or under exceptional circumstances. Unless these exceptions are met. Japanese participants have to provide the resources needed for their part of the project work, either from their own funds, or funds received from Japanese ministries, agencies, foundations and other organisations. Please note, however, that funding is available for Japanese researchers in many of the individual fellowship and research grant schemes of Horizon 2020.

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme is published every two years, providing detailed information on Calls for Proposals and funding priorities for the coming two years. The 2016-2017 Work Programme includes 63 Calls for Proposals (nearly 600 topics). There are 23 topics explicitly inviting cooperation with Japanese researchers.

Find out how to take part in Horizon 2020.


Act as an expert evaluator for Horizon 2020

Distinguished Japanese researchers and innovators are strongly encouraged to register as prospective experts on the EU database. Registration is free of charge. This database will be used by the EU to select and appoint peer reviewers of project proposals. Appointed experts will receive a daily honorarium and reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs for their occasional short-term assignments. The desired areas of expertise comprise every research discipline included in the Horizon 2020 calls.

EURAXESS Links Japan [; ] is an EU-funded platform facilitating the mobility of researchers. It assists researchers on mobility-related issues, in cooperation with the EU Delegation. It maintains "The European Funding Guide for Researchers & Students in Japan".



Updated 2016.06.03