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Find out how Idox can help your organisation prepare for Horizon 2020

Are you prepared for Horizon 2020?

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the EU's new programme for research and innovation. It will run from 2014 to 2020 and is the successor to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It brings together all existing EU research and innovation funding, including the Framework Programme for Research, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Designed to support the Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative Innovation Union, the basic principle of Horizon 2020 is to adopt a much more strategic approach to research and innovation.

The specific programme Horizon 2020 will consist of the following Parts:

  • Part I - Excellent science.
  • Part II - Industrial leadership.
  • Part III - Societal challenges.
  • Part IV - Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Centre (JRC).


The aim of Horizon 2020 is to deliver ideas, growth and jobs for the future. It will be a key tool in implementing the Innovation Union - Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative and delivering on its commitments.

Horizon 2020 focuses on the following three priorities:

  • Excellent Science - generating excellent science in order to strengthen the Union's world-class excellence in science.
  • Industrial Leadership - fostering industrial leadership to support business, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
  • Societal Challenges - innovation and tackling societal challenges, in order to respond directly to the challenges identified in the Europe 2020 strategy by supporting activities covering the entire spectrum from research to market.


The total budget for the implementation of Horizon 2020 is expected to be €87.74 billion, broken down as follows:

Excellent Science - €27.8 billion, allocated to:

  • The European Research Council - €15 billion
  • Future and Emerging Technologies - €3.5 billion
  • Marie Curie actions on skills, training and career development - €6.5 billion
  • European research infrastructures (including eInfrastructures) - €2.8 billion

Industrial Leadership - €20.2 billion, allocated to:

  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - €15.5 billion (including €500 million for EIT)
  • Access to risk finance - €4 billion
  • Innovation in SMEs - €700 million

Societal Challenges - €35.8 billion, allocated to:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing - €9 billion (including €292 million for EIT)
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy - €4.69 billion (including €150 million for EIT)
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy - €6.5 billion (including €210 million for EIT)
  • Smart, green and integrated transport - €7.69 billion (including €247 million for EIT)
  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials - €3.5 billion (including €115 million for EIT)
  • Inclusive, innovative and secure societies - €4.3 billion (including €138 million for EIT)

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) - €1.5 billion

Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Centre - €2.2 billion


The launch of the first Horizon 2020 Calls is scheduled for January 2014. Further details are available at:

How Idox can help your organisation prepare for Horizon 2020

Training courses

Idox Information Solutions runs a number of CPD-accredited training for practitioners across the public, private and voluntary sector to help them develop their funding skills.

Our new Preparing for Horizon 2020 training course is designed to help universities, SMEs and others with an interest in Horizon 2020 to prepare for submitting a grant proposal.

Our courses cover the following areas:

  • How to identify policy drivers and why the EC has decided to support the areas it does under the new programme
  • How to identify partners
  • The principles of a good work plan
  • Understanding impacts and how to put together an effective exploitation and dissemination strategy

For more information on running a closed training course or for your own staff or to attend one of our open courses (which usually take place in London and Manchester), please contact [email protected]

Bid review service

When the time comes to submit your grant proposal, Idox’s team of trainers and consultants are on hand to apply a critical eye to your application, ensure it is focused on funder objectives and that your message is clear and consistent.

For more details on our bid review service, please contact [email protected]

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