Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.              

The main Horizon 2020 work programme is complemented by the separate work programmes for the European Research CouncilEuratom, the Joint Research Centre and the Strategic Innovation Agenda for the European Institute of Innovation and technology (EIT).

Work Programme 2018–2020

The current main Horizon 2020 work programme comprises an introduction,18 thematic sections and the general annexes describing general rules such as standard admissibility conditions and eligibility criteria, selection and award criteria, etc.

Each thematic section is self-contained, and describes the overall objectives, the respective calls for proposals, and the topics within each call. You can find more detailed information including budget allocation in the programme sections.

A novelty in this work programme are the four mutually reinforcing Focus Areas that cut across the programme boundaries and are aligned to major policy priorities: 'Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future' (LC); 'Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy' (CE); 'Digitising and transforming European industry and services' (DT); and 'Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union' (SU). Together these Focus Areas give a combined budget of over €7 billion (2018-2020). An overview of the new funding opportunities is provided in the introduction to the work programme 2018-2020 and accessible through dedicated search functions on the Participant Portal. In addition, a dedicated section brings together a spectrum of activities on next generation battery technologies to drive the transition towards a de-carbonised society.


HORIZON 2020 https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020

Contact Person in UL: Ligita Liepiņa, ligita.liepina@lu.lv


Veiksmes stāsti

Horizon 2020 projects

  • The European medical isotope programme: Production of high purity isotopes by mass separation
  • Spatial thinking in STEM learning: Training a new generation of researchers to increase enrolment and gender balance in STEM learning by addressing deficits in spatial ability among children in Europe
  • Responsible Open Science in Europe
  • The Recycling of waste heat through the Application of Nanofluidic ChannelS: Advances in the Conversion of Thermal to Electrical energy
  • Tacking informal employment in Asia: building post-COV19 solutions to precariousness through case-study based evidence on Bhutan, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam
  • Eco-friendly corrosion protective coatings based on smart nanotechnology platforms for a circular economy
  • Fostering Institutional Transformation of R&I Policies in European Universities
  • PROactive Strategies and Policies for Energy Citizenship Transformation