Horizon 2020 and Excellent Science
The Horizon 2020 Pillar “Excellent Science” is designed to provide support for leading research talents worldwide. There are four kinds of funding arenas: the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) for researcher mobility, the Future and emerging technologies programme (FET Open) and Research infrastructure (including e-infrastructures).
The individual countries have a key role in developing and financing research infrastructures, The EU works to identify new infrastructure needs and to make existing infrastructures accessible to researchers from all countries participating in their funding. Norwegian researchers are able to use a number of European laboratories and other research infrastructures.
Researchers who obtain ERC funding are given the freedom to further develop their pioneering ideas. Projects pushing the technological forefront will find funding opportunities through FET Open. Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) fund different types of research and networks with participants from both the academic and the non-academic sectors. Research infrastructure (including e-infrastructures), provides funding for infrastructure as well as researcher stays and work at such infrastructures.
The Research Council has appointed National Contact Points (NCP) for each area under Horizon 2020. They can help to answer questions and provide information about calls for proposals and applications across the full spectrum of Horizon 2020 instruments. Contact our NCPs for assistance.
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