€76.7BN allocated to the programme overall. Excellence- €24.3bn (32%) ‘bottom up’- fellowships, individuals, attracting and nurturing talent, developing top research infrastructures/facilities Industrial Leadership- €16.94bn (22%) industrial growth, new jobs, economic outputs, new products and services Societal Challenges- €29.55bn for the 7 challenges. address the main challenges facing Europe and the world. Simplification has been the watchword for the new programme. Easier to participate, easier to apply, easier to manage.
Poorly named? Excellence is surely pursued in all areas of H2020? Non-prescriptive calls, open to all areas and ideas. Excellence and high impact prized above all. High risk/ high reward.
International. Open to all nationalities. Bringing top people to Europe. Sole criterion for evaluation is ‘scientific excellence’. Projects to really push at the frontier of their field. Risky ideas encouraged, but an applicant must make it clear they are aware of the risks and how to tackle them. Feasibility important- the project is risky but it can be achieved with X, Y, Z. Decisions made by an independent board of ERC scientists, not EU. Like to fund ideas that have been judged to be too risky elsewhere. Must show strong record of achievements already attained to show you are capable of carrying out the ambitious project. UKRO event in Jan on ERC starting grants. See research blog for further details.
Marie ‘Sklodowska’-Curie now. (Poland EU presidency changed the name to make sure people know she was Polish, and not French. Felt her Polish identity is not widely known…) International. Open to all nationalities. Bringing top people to Europe or sending researchers in Europe to learn elsewhere and bring knowledge back. Focus on talented researchers and nurturing individuals with great potential. Feature of the program is international mobility. Training in another institution, exchanges, ECR training programmes etc. Relocation to another country almost always a feature of these projects. Applicants must work closely with host institutions and a supervisor there.
FP7 loved their acronmyns! Now simplified to 4 main themes ITN- Initial Training Network IEF- Incoming European Fellowship IOF-International Outgoing fellowswhip IIF- International Incoming Fellowship CIG- Career Integration Grant IAPP- Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways IRSES- International Research Staff Exchange Scheme COFUND- fellowship programmes at host instutions. Available to those who have been experienced researchers previously.
Schemes to get innovations and excellent ideas to market to grow economy and jobs. Innovations have a long process to get to the market place, colloquialy referred to as the ‘Valley of Death’. This programme aims to get innovations made into feasible products to drive industry. FET open- stimulates non-conventional targeted exploratory research cutting across all disciplines, acts as a harbour for exploring and nurturing new research trends and helping them mature in emerging research communities. FET proactive- ‘top down’- emerging areas and technologies identified and inviting innovative work in those areas to push it forward. FET Flagships are ambitious large-scale, science-driven, research initiatives that aim to achieve a visionary goal. The scientific advance should provide a strong and broad basis for future technological innovation and economic exploitation
Huge focus on economic growth and jobs driven by cutting edge research and innovation. The objective is to make Europe a more attractive location to invest in research and innovation. It seeks to stimulate the growth potential of European companies, and SME's in particular. Dedicated support will be given to Key Enabling Technologies (i.e. knowledge and capital-intensive technologies that enable innovation) Also ‘fast track to innovation’, getting good ideas funding for prototypes, market analysis, feasibility studies etc Access to Risk-Finance- funds for businesses and start-ups with the potential to grow rapidly, and loans and guarantees for research and innovation driven SME’s.
Top down calls aligned around 7 main themes representing major challenges to society and the world. Cross cutting themes across all areas. Opportunity for ADSS contributions to projects in all themes. Even if you don’t see your discipline/area reflected here today the calls and topics have a wide range and will be included somewhere. The projects under these themes are always multi-partners bids with partners in other European countries. 3 partners are generally the minimum for a bid, but the average under the last programme was 6. Health, Demographic Change and Well-being- social impacts of aging society, social and economic factors in disease prevention Food Security, Sustainable Agricultures, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bio-based Economy- Social attitudes towards sustainability, learning from the past, Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials- social adaption to climate change, attitudes. Socio-economic factors. Innovative design *Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies- huge opportunites for ADSS. It is envisaged that humanities research will play an important role in this part of the societal challenges. Inclusive Societies – activities included in this strand will focus on: promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; building resilient and inclusive societies in Europe; strengthening Europe's role as a global actor; and closing the research and innovation divide in Europe. Innovative Societies - exploring new forms of innovation, including social innovation and creativity; ensuring societal engagement in research and innovation; and promoting coherent and effective co-operation with third countries. Reflective Societies- (new area) cover research/production leading into media, history, culture, philosophy, art, European identity and linguistics,. Cultural heritage and transmission, uses of the past to inform the future, cultural heritage of war, conflict and opposition, digitisation of resources/ cultural assets, 3-D modelling of cultural assets, communication and dissemination, social platforms, mobilising social action, exhibitions. Secure societies- crime and terrorism, disaster resilience, border security, digital security. *Ethical/social/ economic aspects of these
Horizon 2020 overview slides
3 MAIN PILLARS
Marie Curie Actions
Future and Emerging
Key enabling technologies
· Information and
· Advanced Materials
· Advanced Manufacturing
· Support for cross cutting
o Access to risk finance
o Support to SMEs with high
· Health, demographic
change and well-being
· Food security,
and maritime research
and the bio-based
· Secure, clean and
· Smart, green and
· Climate action,
resource efficiency and
· Inclusive, innovative
and reflective societies
· Secure societies
4 main schemes:
Call opens on 11th December 2013, deadline for applications 25th March 2014.
For researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree)
and scientific track record showing great promise
Approx €1.5m per project.
Call opens on 11th December 2013, deadline for applications 20th May 2014.
For researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree)
Approx €2m per project.
Call opens on 17th June 2014, deadline for applications 21st October 2014.
Researchers: any nationality, any age. Applicants must be scientifically independent and have a recent research
track-record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research
Approx €2.5m per project.
No call foreseen during 2014 , negotiations ongoing.
Proof of Concept:
two deadlines during the course of 2014 . Up to €150k.
Previously 12 months, will now be 2 years
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions under Horizon 2020
Commission Proposed Budget (2014-2020):€ 5.75 billion (21% increase)
• Main objective
Ensure the optimum development and dynamic use of Europe’s intellectual capital in
order to generate new skills and innovation
- Encourage new, creative types of training
- Identify excellent talents in research and innovation in international competition
-Help the best researchers in Europe and the world work together across countries,
sectors and disciplines
-Create a whole new mind-set in Europe, crucial for entrepreneurship and
Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
FET in Horizon 2020 will support frontier research; alternative ideas, concepts, or paradigms of risky
or non-conventional nature. Under Horizon 2020, FET activities will be funded under three separate
· FET Open: fostering novel ideas
Supports novel research carried out by young researchers and/or high-tech research intensive SMEs.
· FET Pro-Active: nurturing emerging themes and communities
Aims to build and structure research communities around emerging and novel research areas that are not yet
ready for inclusion in industry or research road maps.
· FET Flagships: tackling grand interdisciplinary science and technology challenges
Expected to tackle grand science and technology challenges requiring co-operation among a range of
disciplines, communities and programmes.
Industrial Leadership- rationale
The purpose of the Industrial Leadership pillar is to strengthen industrial
leadership through Key Enabling Technologies to drive competitiveness and
boosting Europe’s position in research, technological development,
demonstration and innovation. Collaboration with a commercial partner will
be a pre-requisite of any participation.
-Strategic investments in key technologies (e.g. advanced manufacturing,
-Underpin innovation across existing and emerging sectors
-Europe needs to attract more private investment in research and innovation
-Europe needs more innovative SMEs to create growth and jobs
The Industrial Leadership pillar will furthermore enhance access to risk
finance for investment in research and innovation, and increase innovation in
Focus on 7 main themes reflecting the major challenges to the world and the concerns of EU Citizens:
-Health, Demographic Change and Well-being,
-Food Security, Sustainable Agricultures, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bio-based Economy
-Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
-Smart, Green and Integrated Transport
-Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
-Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies
Top-down approach- prescriptive calls under each theme will pose a ‘question’ or problem that needs to
be addressed. Collaboration with at least 2 other research partners across Europe will a feature of the
Draft 2-year programmes for each theme are available on the Northumbria University intranet:
NU NetResearch ResourcesBid SupportEuropeanFundingH2020Tackling Societal Challenges
(link below, and a copy the draft work programme for Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies will be
added to the blog post following this event.)
Also see our RBS blog for further info, this is regularly updated with funding and training opportunites:
Contacts if interested in taking forward a HORIZON 2020 project:
Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Karen Ross- EU Working Group Member
Scott McGee- Research and Funding Policy Manager
Elizabeth Jones- Pre-award Research Support Officer
Business and Law
Ian Fitzgerald, Carole McCartney- EU Working Group Member
Alona Welby- Research and Funding Policy Manager
Engineering and Environment
Maureen Fordham, Maya Angelova- EU Working Group Member
David Young- Research and Funding Policy Manager
Health and Life Sciences
Lynne Coventry- EU Working Group Member
Sam King- Research and Funding Policy Manager