Apply for Horizon 2020 funding Horizon 2020 offers attractive funding for research and innovation projects as well as excellent opportunities to extend one’s network and bring innovative products and services to the market. Preparing a Horizon 2020 project requires careful planning, however, all the way from identifying relevant funding opportunities to finding partners, drafting the project proposal and submitting it on time. Calls for proposals Horizon 2020 funding is awarded based on calls for project proposals. The calls define the thematic areas for which funding is available. They outline the specific challenges to address, the scope of actions to be undertaken and the expected outcomes. Funded projects should result in concrete, meaningful and Europe-wide benefits. In order to be successful, it is important to follow call specifications as closely as possible. Eligibility and partners Any type of organisation – research institutes, companies, associations, etc. – is eligible for funding. Most Horizon 2020 calls require that proposals are submitted by project consortia consisting of at least three partners from three different EU Member States or Associated Countries. Proposal submission Project proposals must be submitted through the Electronic Proposal Submission available on the Participant Portal. The call deadline has to be respected to the minute – proposals that are submitted too late will not be taken into account. Evaluation Horizon 2020 proposals are evaluated by independent experts who check each proposal against a list of criteria to be fulfilled. Based on their conclusions, the European Commission draws up a final ranking list and distribute the available budget. Applicants usually receive feedback on the outcome approximately five months after the call deadline. The European Commission draws up grant agreements with all participants of funded projects. The grant agreement confirms what research and innovation activities will be undertaken, the project duration, budget, rates and costs, the European Commission's contribution, etc. Luxembourg support The Luxembourg National Contact Point (NCP) is available to help Luxembourg-based organisations apply for Horizon 2020 funding. The NCP can assist applicants with identifying relevant calls, provide information and advice and find project partners. SMEs can also receive support from the Enterprise Europe Network.