• Personalised medicine – fighting disease;
  • Integrated, personalised and effective health services;
  • Infectious diseases, global health – antimicrobial resistance;
  • Climate and the environment – effects on health;
  • Technology and digital health solutions.
  • Sufficient supply of safe food from land and sea;
  • Healthy and nutritious food;
  • Environment-friendly food production;
  • Sustainable bio-based products, processes and services;
  • Processing, complete utilisation and reuse of renewable resources.
  • Energy efficiency;
  • Renewable energy sources;
  • Future energy systems;
  • Low carbon technologies;
  • Smart cities & communities.

About Societal Challenges under Horizon 2020

One of three Pillars under Horizon 2020 is focused on Societal Challenges. The idea is that taking a challenge-based approach will make it possible to link together resources, knowledge from different subjects, technology fields, sectors and societal groups in activities involving research, innovation and benefits to society. More information about the Pillar, Societal Challenges, is available on the Horizon 2020 website.

  • Environment-friendly transport and logistics, reduced emissions and noise;
  • Safety, security and the human element;
  • Smart, integrated transport and mobility solutions;
  • A competitive European transport industry;
  • Automated and electrification of transport.
  • Climate and polar research;
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • Raw materials – minerals and metals;
  • Circular economy;
  • Global environment observation and informations systems;
  • Cultural heritage.
  • Countries and regions;
  • Cities, land area and the environment;
  • Demographic change, migration and integration;
  • Knowledge and policy;
  • Herritage, identity and culture.
  • Resilient societies;
  • Critical infrastructures;
  • Safe cities;
  • Border security;
  • Crime, radicalisation and terrorism;
  • Digital Security.

Courses are available for researchers and EU advisers at universities, university colleges, institutes, in trade and industry and the public sector. Most of the courses are open to everyone, while others are directed towards a specific target group, e.g. EU advisers.

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.

Do you need help with writing a proposal or with review and quality assurance of what you have written? The Research Council offers this service free of charge for Norwegian applicants to Horizon 2020.