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About Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation Programme and the largest programme of its kind in the world, with a budget of EUR 80 billion for the period 2014–2020. The objective of the programme is to boost economic growth and create jobs in Europe. Norway participates as a full member.

  • Horizon 2020 is divided into three programme sections which comprise its basic pillars:
  • Excellent Science – which comprises the European Research Council, mobility schemes, Future and Emerging Technologies, and Research Infrastructures.
  • Industrial Leadership – which comprises Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (such as ICT, nanotechnology, biotechnology and space technology), risk financing schemes, and innovation schemes for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Societal Challenges – which comprises research activities to solve seven major societal challenges:
  1. Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing 
  2. Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy
  3. Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy 
  4. Smart, Green and Integrated Transport
  5. Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
  6. Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  7. Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

In addition to these three pillars, Horizon 2020 also includes the following sections:

Science with and for Society 

Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (WIDESPREAD)

European Institute of Innovation and Technology

On these webpages the Research Council will be publishing information of relevance to you as a Norwegian applicant, including contact persons at the Council who can give you further assistance. However, the best source of official information is the Participant Portal, where you will find calls for proposals and helpful instructions.

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