Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. It is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 Flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Horizon 2020 has a budget of nearly €80 billion and aims to contribute to the creation of growth and jobs in Europe.

Structure of the Programme  

Excellent ScienceIndustrial LeadershipSocietal Challenges
• European Research Council. .• Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies• Health, demographic change and wellbeing. • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and bio-economy.
• Future and emerging technologies.• ICT • Nanotechnologies, materials, biotechnology and manufacturing. • Space• Secure, clean and efficient energy. • Smart, green and integrated transport.
• Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions• Access to risk finance• Climate action, resources efficiency and raw materials.
• Research Infrastructures.• Innovation in SMEs• Europe in a changing world. • Secure societies
European Institute of Innovation and Technologies (EIT)
Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
Science with and for Society
Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Fast Track to Innovation
  • Excellent Science – aimed at reinforcing and extending European excellence in basic science in order to further the ERA and make European research and innovation systems more competitive with respect to other parts of the world. The activities under this pillar are forward-looking and long-term oriented.
  • Industrial Leadership – aimed at accelerating technological development and helping innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow in an international context. It also includes a focus on Key Emerging Technologies (KETs), cutting across disciplines and known to be capital-intensive but crucial at securing European’s industry competitive advantage and growth.
  • Societal Challenges – aimed at addressing societal issues and policy objectives such as health, climate change, energy and security. Implementing a challenge-based approach, this pillar includes generic topics defining outcomes rather than required technologies or approaches.

H2020 provides opportunities for Maltese researchers and organisations to be at the forefront of research and innovation and to collaborate with leading organisations across Europe and the world. The Horizon 2020 Unit within the Malta Council for Science and Technology is your contact point for Horizon 2020 in Malta. Building on our past experiences, we are able to answer all your questions related to Horizon 2020 and can guide you throughout the whole process participating in the Programme.