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Horizon 2020 Programme


This programme is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. It will help to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

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 programme supports SMEs with a new instrument that runs throughout various funded research and innovation fields,enhances EU international research and third country participation, attaches high importance to integrate social sciences and humanities encourages to develop a gender dimension in project.

Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting.

A total funding pool of nearly €80 billion is available over seven years (2014 to 2020).

Potential Australian participants are encouraged to contact their research and innovation funding organisations to seek support for their participation in Horizon 2020. Information on key research and innovation interlocutors in Australia to investigate on research founding opportunities may be found on the Horizon 2020 Funding and Tenders Portal site.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include consortia of researchers (including industry) with the primary applicant being a European organisation.

Horizon 2020 is fully open to international participation in all fields and areas. Australian researchers, enterprises and institutions will be able to team up with their European partners to participate in projects under Horizon 2020.

Australian participants are only supported by Horizon 2020 funds when their participation is deemed essential for carrying out the action, such as:
- Outstanding competence/expertise
- Access to research infrastructure
- Access to particular geographical environments
- Access to data

The new Work Programme (2018-2020) is open to Australian research community.

Please refer to the National Contact Points appointed by Australia and agreed by the EU for more information.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must address the current thematic priorities of the the EU and Australia collaboration, including:
- The International Bioeconomy Forum
- Research infrastructures
- Health
- Earth and marine observations and metrology
- The importance of creating relevant framework conditions for sustainable science and technology cooperation

A full list of calls targeting Australia in Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-20 is available on the Funding and Tenders Portal.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Financial capacity
- Operational capacity

For prizes and for first-stage proposals in a two-stage submission procedure, neither financial capacity nor operational capacity is subject to evaluation.

Grant proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the award criteria which includes:
- Excellence
- Impact
- Quality and efficiency of the implementation

Please refer to the General Annexes for the complete list of the assessment criteria.

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Work Programme - General Introduction 2018-04-26 Download
Work Programme - General Annexes 2018-04-26 Download
H2020 Local Support - Australia 2018-04-26 Download

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Closing Information
This programme has various funding rounds. Please visit the Funding and Tenders Portal for the call of proposals.

Funding Type Grant
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Training / Employment
Innovation and R&D
Environment and Sustainability
Education : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier International
Program Administrator
European Commission
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