Horizon 2020 – The Biggest Ever Open Research Funding Program –

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Credit © European Union, 2014

Credit © European Union, 2014

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever, with approx. € 70 billion (corresponding NOK 666,4 billion) of funding, available over 7 years  -from 2014 to 2020-.

Norway’s overall contribution to Horizon 2020 is expected to be around € 1,9 billion (corresponding NOK 16 billion).

Horizon 2020 is aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness, strengthening the European global position in research, innovation and technology by boosting those areas and providing them with financial supports.

The focus lies on turning innovative ideas into viable products and services in order to provide business opportunities. All necessary stages within the innovation process in order to take a great idea from the “laboratory” to the market will be funded.

Further core objectives of Horizon 2020 are to face the European economic crisis with economic growth, job creation and investments in research and innovation, as well as addressing people’s concerns about their livelihoods, safety and environment, because this is an sustainable investment in OUR future. Therefore and moreover its further goal is to deal with the challenges of equalization, by evening out opportunities and overcoming and reducing gaps like regional differences and gender issues.

Credit © European Union, 2014

Credit © European Union, 2014

Horizon 2020 tries to achieve these above mentioned targets by emphasizing the funding on three main pillars, which form the main program sections. Those three areas are:

  • Excellent Science, which includes funding for supporting the basic research and improving research infrastructure.
  • Industrial Leadership, containing funding to strengthen the European industrial leadership and competitiveness using effective industry-oriented funding instruments in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space.

Societal Challenges, covering funding for research and innovation activities to solve common shared societal key challenges which broadly concerns issues like Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing ,Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy , Secure, Clean and    Efficient Energy, Smart, Green and Integrated Transport,Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies, Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, having a simple structure that moderates and decreases red tape and time to make the support as most efficient as possible and being able to achieve fastest possible outputs and results.
Besides that, Horizon 2020 especially considers the SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) in this framework, allocating specific support in large amounts exclusively for SMEs; on the one hand to make them more competitive and on the other hand because they play an important role relating to job creation.

How is Norway involved in Horizon 2020? Which impact or benefits might have Horizon 2020 for Norway?

Norway is participating as a full member in the Horizon 2020 framework program and contributes with approx. € 1,9 billion (corresponding NOK 16 billion).

Norwegian participation in this EU Framework Program could be of a great benefit and importance or even being vital for the Norwegian research industry.  Besides the financial support, one of the main or key benefits might be that Horizon 2020 provides Norwegian researchers, research institutions and companies with an easier and better access to larger international networks, expertise and international Knowhow and even possible establishments of interesting cooperations with international actors. This might enhance the quality of Norwegian research and open up a wide scope of opportunities for Norway and the industry.

Furthermore being accepted within such an EU program might raise the probability to succeed to a large extent. Likewise the recognition and prestige you are obtaining beyond national borders, by participating in an EU framework should not been underestimated neither. This framework could mention a “kick start” for your business ideas. Additionally Horizon 2020 is assumed to provide advisory and supervising services by their EU advisors besides the funding. Finally and in particular the “special treatment” or prioritization of SMEs should be considered and being of interest for a large range of companies within the different Norwegian sectors and enhance to apply for participation in the program.

Ready to apply?

If you are interested in further detailed information concerning the HORIZON 2020  application guidelines or general information visit the following websites.

Official Website: 




Norwegian Websites:

Norges Forskningsrådet: http://www.forskningsradet.no/en/Newsarticle/Norway_says_yes_to_Horizon_2020/1253986729745






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