What is H2020?

H2020 is the most open funding programme in the world for all EU research & innovation-related activities (2014-2020) with total budget of about €80 billion. H2020 transitioned from R&D to Research and Innovation (R&I) and aimes at bringing great ideas from the lab to the market. It focus on societal challenges facing EU society, e.g. health, clean energy and transport. H2020 offers simplified access for all companies, universities, institutes in all EU countries and beyond.
Key challenge: stabilise the financial and economic system while taking measures to create economic opportunities

Responding to the economic crisis to invest in future jobs and growth

Addressing people’s concerns about better life, safety and environment

Strengthening the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology

H2020 in Numbers


2014 - 2020

Budget per Pillar

Total Budget

Billion Euros

H2020 Research Priorities

>> World class science is the foundation of tomorrow’s technologies, jobs and well-being.
>> Europe needs to develop, attract and retain research talent.
>> Researchers need access to the best infrastructures.
>> Key technologies (e.g. ICT, advanced manufacturing, micro-electronics, etc.) 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.
>> Concerns of citizens and society (climate, environment, energy, transport etc) cannot be achieved without innovation.
>> Breakthrough solutions come from multi-disciplinary collaborations, including social sciences & humanities.
>> Promising solutions need to be tested, demonstrated and scaled up.

ICT in H2020