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Horizon 2020 - 30 bln Euro working programme released

30/10/2017 - 06:47
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The European Commission has presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion.

The vast majority of this funding is allocated on the basis of competitive calls which are open to applications from researchers, businesses and other interested organisations located in Australia as an associated country to Horizon 2020. Organisations from third countries can also participate in the projects, subject to certain conditions. All funding opportunities and related information is available on a single portal.

Research and Innovation

The EU and Australia recognise the importance of research, innovation to success in creating the jobs and investment that underpin inclusive as well as smart and sustainable growth. In fact, in 1994, the EU and Australia signed the first science and technology Agreement between the EU and a non-EU country. The impact of Australian and European research and innovation is felt globally.

Europe makes significant investments through its Horizon 2020 Framework Program for Research and Innovation – over the period 2014-2017 there will be close to €77 (A$115) billion invested into fundamental research, innovation, and providing support to bring new ideas to market through small-medium enterprises, public-private partnerships, and research infrastructures, as well as connecting with Australian scientists through researcher mobility programs (see 'Education' below).

Today, Europe – which has 10% of the world’s population and more than one in five of the world’s researchers, invests one in five of the world’s R&D US dollars and produces one in three of the world’s scientific papers. EU investments in science and innovation establish a productive basis for networks, cooperation and partnerships between EU scientists and scientists from around the world, including Australia.

Europe has eight of the top ten nations in the Global Innovation Index – and there is close bilateral cooperation between the EU, its Member States and Australia. There are close to 30,000 publications involving EU and Australian authors each year – probing the limits of human knowledge, expanding and developing our understanding of the universe and Earth on which we live.

The Horizon 2020 Framework Program is organised to support Excellent Science; Industrial Leadership; and Societal Challenges. If you are an Australian researcher or company and want to learn more please visit: Horizon 2020 – the opportunities for Australian researchers

- Open to the World – this new call aims in maximising international cooperation for mutual benefit as well as tapping into global talent, innovation networks and value chains – is promoted mainly by flagship initiatives in areas of mutual interest. Numbering around 30 in total, they will work with a budget of over €1 billion. Europe's Outermost Regions will also receive dedicated support. There will be an increased effort to enhance mobility paths for European researchers as well as to attract researchers to Europe.

General information about Horizon 2020 is available at:

How is Horizon 2020 funding allocated?

The Work Programme sets out a number of calls which contain predefined topics, together with the relevant budgets, conditions, and closing dates for applications. Applications are assessed by independent expert evaluators against the criteria defined in the work programme. Grant agreements are concluded with the successful applicants within a deadline which is normally eight months from call deadline.

All funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are accessible from the Participant portal.

What is the remaining budget of Horizon 2020?

The total remaining budget for the last three years of Horizon 2020 (2018, 2019 and 2020) is €37.1 billion.

Of this budget, €7.1 billion is not included in the work programme as it is managed through various public-private partnerships (€3.6 billion), public-public partnerships (€0.9 billion), the European Institute of Technology (€1.4 billion) and the in-house activities of the Commission's Joint Research Centre (€0.1 billion).

The €30 billion of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 adopted today includes the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (€2.8 billion) and Access to Risk Finance (€1.4 billion). This amount also includes the support to the ERC (€6 billion) which was presented in a separate ERC Work Programme in August. A separate Work Programme was also presented today for research carried out within the framework of the Euratom Treaty.

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