Horizon 2020 is the EU's main research and innovation funding programme. It runs from 2014-2020 and has a budget of €80 billion. Horizon 2020 contains a number of different funding programmes and mechanisms and is structured around three pillars; Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. There are opportunities for individual researchers and groups of researchers to apply for funding under each of these pillars.
RCUK currently hosts the UK National Contact Point (NCP) covering the following two areas of Horizon 2020:
The NCP offers raises awareness of the innovation activities in Horizon 2020 and offers advice, information and guidance to participants and potential participants on administrative procedures and the scope and modalities of funding schemes under Horizon 2020. The NCP is able to feed comments and issues raised by the UK research community back to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as well as the European Commission.
Advice, information and guidance for participants and potential participants is offered by email, phone or in person. This includes issues such as eligibility advice, generic application help, and assistance in use of the relevant areas within the participant portal.
A series of information days discussing Science with and for Society (SwafS) and Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation as well as wider research funding will take place in the autumn of 2018. Please continue to check this page for updates.
If you would like to be kept informed of further developments relating to these two programmes, as well as future events, please contact Siân Summerton and ask to be added to the mailing list: