Horizon 2020



Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation Programme implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.



  • To develop, attract and retain research talent

  • Provide researchers with access to the best infrastructures

  • Strategic investments in key technologies Attract private investment in research and innovation

  • Increase the number of innovative enterprises



Horizon 2020 brings together the previous 7th Framework Programme and the technical parts of the previous Competitive Innovation Programme. The programme is divided into 8 pillars:

  • Excellent Science

  • Industrial Leadership

  • Space

  • Societal Challenges

  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

  • Science with and for Society

  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

  • Eurtom                      


Total EU budget

The financial envelope for the period 2014-2020 is EUR 80 billion.


EEA Status

The Regulation establishing the Horizon 2020 Programme was incorporated into the EEA Agreement on 16 May 2014, foreseeing participation from Iceland and Norway, except in Eurtom.

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