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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 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.

Upcoming and Past Events

No of signed GAs with MT participants 119
MT participants 162
TotalMT funding (SMEs contribution) €22.698 million (€5.245 million)
MT success rate 14.18%
EU28 success rate 15.05%

Horizon2020 Newsletter – Local and EU News

In this issue of Horizon2020 Research Funds monthly e-Newsletter you will find latest updates on Horizon Europe (FP9), upcoming calls and much more! We hope that this information is useful for you and we wish you every success with your prospective applications for research funds! Kind regards, Horizon2020 National Contact Points in Malta 


Have your say on how Horizon Europe is implemented

The next Framework Programme – Horizon Europe will represent the largest collaborative multinational research and innovation investment in Europe with a proposed budget of 100 billion Euro from 2021 to 2027. The European Commission is now inviting stakeholders to have their say on how the new Framework Programme is implemented to ensure that the Programme delivers its ambitious objectives.

Horizon Europe, a new Horizon 2020?

Horizon Europe is the Commission proposal for research and innovation funding programme post 2020.  Build upon the lessons learnt of Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe is an evolution rather than a revolution. Regarding rules, an increase use of simplified forms of grants will be applied where appropriate, through lump sums. The Horizon 2020 funding model, including up to 100% co-funding rate will be kept. Updated version of Horizon Europe Presentation is now available in all 23 official languages of the EU. 

Maltese representation in Horizon Europe Mission Boards

Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation has announced the names of experts, who have been selected as members of mission boards to work on five major European research and innovation mission areas. Malta is represented in this list by Professor Alan Deidun from University of Malta and Mr Mark Scicluna Bartoli from Bank of Valletta. Horizon 2020 National Contact Points at MCST are delighted to congratulate Professor Alan Deidun and Mr Mark Scicluna Bartoli on this very important appointment. A first discussion with citizens, stakeholders and experts from Member States will take place at the European R&I Days in Brussels from 24 to 26 September. Please provide your opinion and participate in the survey! 

Promote Malta as a Research Destination!

Malta Council for Science and Technology has produced a video as part of the EURAXESS TOP IV project (Network Call) which aims at promoting Malta as a research destination.


Personalized Medicine for Health in European Research – Partnering Event

An international partnering event entitled: “Personalized Medicine for Health in European Research” will be held on 23 October 2019 in Gliwice (Poland). The goal of the event is to exchange experiences and knowledge and present it to the European Commission, as well as learn from one another, find new partners and build new consortia. Participation is free of charge.

Internet of Things Brokerage Event 2019

Europe Enterprise Network is organising the IoT Brokerage Event 2019, which will be held in Barcelona in the framework of the IoT Solutions World Congress (29-31 October 2019). Interested applicants may have costs reimbursed for their participation according to the Cooperate for Growth scheme managed by Malta Enterprise. For more information kindly contact Steven Frigerio, MCST EEN Contact Point.

Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers’ Day 2019

ICT Proposers’ Day 2019 tracks will focus on the upcoming calls of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme in the field of Information & Communication TechnologiesFuture and Emerging Technologies (FET), and Societal Challenges. The event will offer an exceptional opportunity to build quality partnerships with academics, researchers, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe.

Are you looking for project partners for the 2020 topics in SC5? Use our NCPs CaRE partner search tool!

Via the NCPs CaRE partner search tool you can find project partners for your consortium as well as a consortium for your project idea. By posting partner offers, searches or directly looking for partners of already published entries. The website http://partnersearch.ncps-care.eu/ lists a short guidance on registration and creation of entries under partner offer or partner search.


Survey on future Educational Needs of the BIO-Industrial sector by 2030

The #bioeconomy needs you! Horizon2020 @UrBIOfuture project is now gathering the educational need of the #biobased industries and assessing the readiness of the current systems. Take the survey & help to build the future! 

The future of European startup policy – Have YOUR say!

Calling all startup founders across Europe!  Want to help shape EU policy? Looking for an opportunity to share your valuable insight as a founder? This is the opportunity for you!  You may also win a ticket to the SLUSH event from November 21-22, 2019 in Helsinki!


Last chance for seed funding under SME Instrument Phase 1

Are you a startup or innovator with a brilliant idea? The SME Instrument Phase 1 Horizon 2020 provides funding support for innovation projects that will help them develop and expand into other countries – in Europe and beyond. The €50k funding provides support in testing your innovation through feasibility assessment and business plan design. Last chance to apply for this funding – deadline on the 5th of September 2019! For more information contact your NCP Steven Frigerio.

RESponsible island prize competition

On 19 March the European Commission launched the first edition of RESponsible island prize competition, funded under Horizon 2020. This prize aims to award islands with innovative and sustainable local renewable energy production for use in electricity, heating, cooling and transport. The three winners will receive a cash prize of €500,000, €250,000 and €100,000, respectively. The deadline for applications is 26 September 2019.

Innovation Radar Prize 2019 to shine a light on Europe’s best innovators

The European Commission has launched a competition to identify Europe’s top future innovators. The public is invited to vote for their favourite among 36 nominees who have been developing innovations through EU-funded projects. The finalists come from every corner of Europe, from SMEs, universities and start-ups and are delivering a diverse set of scientific and technological breakthroughs. They have been identified through the European Commission’s Innovation Radar, a data-driven engine that aims to identify high potential innovations and the key innovators behind them. 

€11 billion to drive innovation-led sustainable growth

The European Commission has announced how it will spend the last and biggest annual tranche – €11 billion – of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 in the final year of the programme. This Work Programme will support the budget for 2018-2020 and the Commission’s political priorities, in the following areas:

  • A low-carbon, climate resilient future: €3.7 billion
  • Circular economy: €1 billion
  • Digitising and transforming European industry and services:€1.8 billion
  • Security Union: €1 billion

At the same time, Horizon 2020 will continue to fund “curiosity-driven science” (often referred to as “blue sky science”).

More COST actions to join!

The funding of 40 new COST Actions is confirmed!   Natural sciences lead the way as the most represented field of science (53% of the Actions), followed by engineering and technology (30%), social sciences (28%), agricultural sciences (20%), medical and health sciences (18%) and humanities (10%).


The Project Repository Journal Volume 2

The Project Repository Journal is designed to enable efficient and far-reaching project dissemination. With a special feature on Gender Equality, the 2nd edition of the Project Repository Journal covers a variety of projects from archaeology to social sciences and highlights some exceptional research groups. If you are coordinating, or are part of a Nationally or EU funded project, please get in touch with a member of the EDMA team to discuss your involvement.

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This article was last updated on: October 1, 2020