Horizon 2020 is the EU framework programme for research and innovation. It is the world’s largest research and innovation initiative. The programme will run over seven years (2014 – 2020) with a total budget of around € 80 billion.

Transforming research into reality

Horizon 2020 will help Europe to create world-class research. The programme aims to make it easier to transform scientific breakthroughs into practical innovations that can improve people’s lives. The programme will strengthen the link between research and innovation by facilitating collaboration between the private and public sectors.

Horizon 2020 is divided into three parts:

Excellent science – Strengthen the EU’s global position in research and innovation. This includes support for the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie Sklodowska-Curie mobility programme, new and promising fields of research, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and research infrastructure.

Industrial leadership – Make Europe a more appealing location for investments in research and innovation. Create jobs and growth through support for innovations in small and medium enterprises, enhanced access to venture capital, as well as a focus on key technologies.

Societal challenges – Approaches that focus on major societal challenges that the EU and the rest of the world are facing. Seven challenges have been identified:

  • 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 the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

Forte’s role in Horizon 2020

The objectives of Forte’s involvement in Horizon 2020 are to bring Swedish priorities into the framework programme, to stimulate Swedish research in the international arena and to promote an international research exchange. Forte is part of the Swedish support organisation for researchers who wish to apply for funding from Horizon 2020. We are also engaged in several projects and networks related to Horizon 2020.

Planning Grants

Forte no longer offers planning grants for applications within Horizon 2020. Swedish agencies that provide planning grants are the Swedish Energy Agency, Swedish National Space Board and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). There may also be opportunities for local grants. Contact your university or research organisation to find out more.