This programme is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. It will help to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

The programme supports SMEs with a new instrument that runs throughout various funded research and innovation fields,enhances EU international research and third country participation, attaches high importance to integrate social sciences and humanities encourages to develop a gender dimension in project.

Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting.

A total funding pool of nearly €80 billion is available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

Potential Australian participants are encouraged to contact their research and innovation funding organisations to seek support for their participation in Horizon 2020. Information on key research and innovation interlocutors in Australia to investigate on research founding opportunities may be found on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal site.

Who Can Apply?
Eligible applicants include consortia of researchers (including industry) with the primary applicant being a European organisation.

Horizon 2020 is fully open to international participation in all fields and areas. Australian researchers, enterprises and institutions will be able to team up with their European partners to participate in projects under Horizon 2020.

Australian participants are only supported by Horizon 2020 funds when their participation is deemed essential for carrying out the action, such as:
– Outstanding competence/expertise
– Access to research infrastructure
– Access to particular geographical environments
– Access to data

The new Work Programme (2018-2020) is open to Australian research community.

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