Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It offers innovative companies and research organisations unique opportunities to join R&D and innovation projects carried out by international teams with co-funding from the EU.
Horizon 2020 covers the period 2014-2020. It has a budget of more than €80 billion. The programme offers a wide range of funding instruments and other measures. its overall objective is to strengthen research innovation and technology in order to stimulate economic growth and job creation.
Horizon 2020 finances research and innovation projects that contribute to intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The activities of Horizon 2020 are organised in 3 main blocks:
Apply for funding
Those interested in obtaining Horizon 2020 funding need to follow the European Commission application process, which includes responding to a call for project proposals. Prospective applicants can also benefit from personalised guidance from the National Contact Points (NCPs) established across Europe. Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, is the Luxembourg NCP and can provide further information about Horizon 2020.
Fit 4 Horizon 2020 aid scheme
The Fit 4 Horizon 2020 scheme is a national grant for Luxembourg companies planning to participate in proposals to Horizon 2020 or other European research and innovation programmes. It covers a part or all of the costs related to the proposal set-up and drafting process.