Horizon 2020

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the European Commission Framework Programme for research and innovation on the period 2014-2020.

An overall budget of € 80 billion aims to fund research and innovation projects, with the high focus on strengthening the European industrial leadership position in the world.

The program has been initiated in order to answer to several stakes such as overcome economic crisis through investment in jobs and growth, take into consideration the concerns of European citizens with regard to their living habits, their safety and the environment and strengthen Europe’s position in research and innovation.

The Horizon 2020 program has three main priorities:

  • Excellent Science
  • Societal Challenges
  • Industrial Leadership

What types of project H2020 is funding?

Research and Innovation Actions projects (RIA)

Action primarily consisting of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution For this purpose, these projects may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment. Projects may contain closely connected but limited demonstration or pilot activities aiming to show technical feasibility in a near to operational environment.

Funding rate: 100%

Innovation Actions projects (IA)

Innovation Action projects are made of an action primarily consisting of activities directly aiming at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. For this purpose, they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication.

Funding rate: 70% for for-profit organisations and 100% for non-profite organisations

Coordination and Support Actions projects (CSA)

These projects have are based on an action consisting primarily of accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies, including design studies for new infrastructure and may also include complementary activities of networking and coordination between programmes in different countries.

Funding rate: 100%

EIC Accelerator (formerly SME instrument)

The EIC Accelerator (previously know as SME Instrument) is part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot that supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services.

The aim of the EIC Accelerator is to fill the gaps in funding for the early stages, Research and Innovation and accelerating the exploitation of innovation. Projects will be selected through a bottom-up approach within a given societal challenge or enabling technology of H2020. They must be of clear interest and benefit to SMEs and have a clear European dimension. When applying for funds through this programme, SMEs can form collaborations according to their needs, including for subcontracting research and development work to apply for funding and support.

Funding rate: 70% in phase 2 (100% in the health sector)

Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)

FTI also aims to nurture trans-disciplinary and cross-sector approaches. All kinds of innovation actors can work together to develop sustainable innovations addressing societal needs or areas under ‘Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies’ and, at the same time, create viable business opportunities. This is why FTI projects must be business-driven and clearly demonstrate a realistic potential for quick deployment and market take-up of innovations.

Maximum EU contribution: 3 million EUR

What is the assessment process?

The proposals are evaluated against 3 criteria:

  • The excellence covers the clarity and pertinence of your scientific objectives, and the credibility of your approach. Here will be evaluated the soundness of your concept, including its innovation potential beyond the state-of-the-art.
  • The impact covers the relevance of your concept with the impacts listed in the chosen topic. Here should be also described all the competitiveness, growth, jobs and social impacts of your project. This section is major in the assessment of all Horizon 2020 project, especially Innovation Actions, aiming at demonstrating potential of an idea/technology with the goal of rapid industrialization. Finally, you should describe here the communication and dissemination activities as well as all precautions taken for IP management.
  • The quality and efficiency of the implementation assesses the relevance of your work programme with your objectives, the related budget and resources allocated to its success and the complementarity of the consortium members.

Who can apply?

  • Research centres, local and regional authorities, Corporations, SMEs, Universities, Non-profit organisations, International Organisations.
  • Consortium of 3 partners from 3 countries for traditional projects.

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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe, what is it?

Horizon Europe is the European Union's framework programme for research and innovation for the 2021 to 2027 period with a budget of 100 billion Euros. Horizon Europe thus takes over from the Horizon 2020 programme, which ends at the end of the year 2020.

As with its predecessor, Horizon Europe's activities will be carried out through open and competitive calls for proposals.

The challenges of the Horizon Europe programme

Research and innovation is a priority at the European Union level, "Horizon Europe" is the most ambitious research and innovation programme ever undertaken in this field.

This framework programme is a concrete expression of the European Union's desire to stand out in a context of strong international competition in order to give greater visibility to cutting-edge research and innovation, to attract the best talent, in particular through the implementation of competitive funding, and to address current global issues.

The general objectives of the Horizon Europe programme are to:

  • to strengthen the Union's scientific and technological bases;
  • to boost its competitiveness, including that of its industry
  • to give concrete expression to the Union's strategic political priorities;
  • to contribute to responding to global issues, including sustainable development objectives.

The programme aims to anchor research and innovation even more deeply and concretely in a context marked by societal and European challenges.

Horizon Europe is based on four pillars:

  • Scientific excellence: supporting fundamental research projects;
  • Global issues and European industrial competitiveness: supporting work and research related to societal issues such as, among others, health, bio-economy and natural resources;
  • Innovative Europe: creating a European Innovation Council;
  • Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area: attracting talent, promoting its circulation and preventing the brain drain from the European Union.


The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. 3.4 billion euros are allocated to this programme for the 2014-2020 period.

Priorities of the LIFE programme

The LIFE program is structured around two sub-programmes composed of priority areas:


The Environment sub-programme supports innovative project beneficial to the environment in 3 categories:

  • Environment and rational use of resources: pilot and demonstration projects to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions, including development and demonstration of innovative technologies, to environmental challenges, suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.
  • Nature and biodiversity: projects contributing to the development and to the implementation of the policy and legislation of the EU in the area of nature and biodiversity, supporting the development, the implementation and the management of the network Natura 2000, projects improving knowledge basics for the development, the implementation, the monitoring and the evaluation of the policy and the legislation of Union’s in nature and biodiversity.
  • Governance and information: information, awareness and dissemination projects to promote awareness raising on environmental matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of Union policy-making in the field of the environment, and to promote knowledge on sustainable development and new patterns for sustainable consumption; to support communication, management, and dissemination of information in the field of the environment, and to facilitate knowledge sharing on successful environmental solutions and practice.

Action for the Climate

The Action for the Climate sub-programme supports innovative projects proposing solutions to face climate change, whether for its attenuation, adaptation of our systems or inform citizens and raise awareness.

  • Attenuation of climate change: best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; to the implementation and development of Union policy and legislation on climate change mitigation, that improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of effective climate change mitigation actions and measures; and that contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change mitigation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.
  • Adaptation to climate change: best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to supporting efforts leading to increased resilience to climate change, to the development and implementation of Union policy on climate change adaptation, by developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions for climate change adaptation, that facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches, such as for climate change adaptation strategies and action plans; and that contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change adaptation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.
  • Governance and information in climate: information, awareness and dissemination projects that promote awareness raising on climate matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of Union policy-making in the field of the climate, and to promote knowledge on sustainable development; that support communication, management, and dissemination of information in the field of the climate and to facilitate knowledge sharing on successful climate solutions and practice.

Types of projects

“Pilot projects” means projects that apply a technique or method that has not been applied or tested before, or elsewhere, and that offer potential environmental or climate advantages compared to current best practice and that can subsequently be applied on a larger scale to similar situations;

“Demonstration projects” means projects that put into practice, test, evaluate and disseminate actions, methodologies or approaches that are new or unknown in the specific context of the project, such as the geographical, ecological, socio-economic context, and that could be applied elsewhere in similar circumstances;

“Best practice projects” means projects that apply appropriate, cost-effective, state-of-the-art techniques, methods and approaches taking into account the specific context of the project;

“Information, awareness and dissemination projects” means projects aimed at supporting communication, dissemination of information and awareness raising in the fields of the sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action.

Main features

Average budget: between 1.5 and 2 million EUR

Funding rate: 60% of the total direct costs

Indirect costs: 7%

Average duration: between 2 and 3 years

Partnership: Cooperative projects under LIFE programme are not mandatory. However, a bonus is given for transnational partnerships.

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What is Erasmus+?

Within the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs and innovation, Erasmus + is the European programme for 2014-2020 aiming to reinforce competencies and increase opportunities for employment.

The programme is composed of three pillars: education and training, youth and sport.

Out of the total budget of 14,7 billion EUR:

  • 77.5% is allocated for the education and training sector
  • 10% for youth
  • 3.5% for loan guarantees
  • 8% for sportt

The programme is structured around three key actions:

  • Key Action 1 – Individual mobility for learners
  • Key Action 2 – Cooperation and partnership for innovation and exchange of practices
  • Key Action 3 – Support to public policies

Key Action 2 – Cooperation and partnership for innovation and exchange of practices

The objectives of this action are:

  • Innovative approaches to education, training and youth: more attractive education and training programmes, in line with individuals’ needs and expectations; use of participatory approaches and ICT-based methodologies; new or improved processes of recognition and validation of competences; greater effectiveness of activities for the benefit of local communities; new or improved practices to cater for the needs of disadvantaged groups and to deal with social, linguistic and cultural diversity; the opportunity to be awarded the European Language Label for excellence in language learning or teaching; new approaches to address geographical and socio-economic disparities of learning outcomes; new approaches to better support competitiveness and employment in particular at regional and local level;
  • A more modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment inside the organisation: ready to integrate good practices and new methods into daily activities; open to synergies with organisations active in different fields or in other socio-economic sectors;
  • Increased capacity and professionalism to work at EU/international level: improved management competences and internationalization strategies.

Strategic partnerships

Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices, as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level. Strategic Partnerships are open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors as well as to organisations carrying out activities that are transversal to different fields (e.g. chambers of commerce, cultural organisations…).

Horizontal priorities are:

  • Developing basic and transversal skills (such as entrepreneurship, digital skills and language competences) in all fields of education, training and youth, using innovative and learner-centered pedagogical approaches and developing appropriate assessment and certification methods.
  • Developing new approaches to strengthen the education and training paths of prospective and practicing educators/youth workers; equipping them with all competences and skills needed to deliver high quality services and address increasingly diverse needs e.g. those posed by multicultural societies.
  • Enhancing digital integration in learning, teaching, training and youth work at various levels: promoting access to and learning through Open Educational Resources (OER); supporting ICT-based teaching, training and youth work, as well as ICT-based assessment practices.
  • Contributing to the development of a European Area of Skills and Qualifications.
  • Supporting innovative projects aimed to reduce disparities in learning outcomes affecting learners from disadvantaged backgrounds/with fewer opportunities –including learners with disabilities.
  • Stimulating the development and use of innovative approaches and tools to assess and increase the efficiency of public expenditure and the investment in education, training and youth.

Strategic partnerships are transnational projects, gathering three organisations from three programme countries. Projects can last between 2 and 3 years.

Budget allocation can vary between 300 000 EUR and 450 000 EUR depending on the project duration.

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The EUROSTARS programme supports innovative SMEs involved in European collaborative projects and targets companies with high R&D investments. Its total budget is €1.14 billion over the 2014-2020 period.

Objectives of the programme

EUROSTARS can enable SMEs to develop :

  • products, technologies
  • a presence in new markets
  • relationships with new partners
  • of knowledge

and to develop and/or consolidate :

  • their technological positioning
  • recognition and visibility of their company's skills
  • a European network.

EUROSTARS is characterised by a "bottom-up" approach

The programme is open to all fields of technology, products, processes and services that may be concerned, provided they are clearly market-oriented. The aim is to finance partners engaged in transnational collaborative innovation projects without a specific theme, which develop a product, process or service close to the market, whose development phase is a maximum of 3 years and whose marketing takes place within 2 years of the end of the project.

Eligibility criteria

  • The consortium must be composed of at least two partners based in two EUROSTARS member countries.
  • The leader of the project must be a small or medium-sized enterprise in the EU sense of the term, i.e. devoting 5 full-time equivalents (FTEs) to R&D for every 100 employees and 10 FTEs beyond that, located in one of the 36 EUROSTARS partner countries.
  • The total budget of the project must be increased to at least 50% by one or more R&D Performing SME
  • A country does not bear more than 75% of the total project cost.

Submission of EUROSTARS projects

The submission of EUROSTARS projects is governed by two calls for proposals per year (usually February and September).

Each partner of the winning projects is funded, in France, by BpiFrance. The signature of the grant contract is subject to the production of a consortium agreement validated by BpiFrance.

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Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA)

Qu’est-ce que le Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir ?

Le Programme d’Investissements d'Avenir vise à renforcer la compétitivité et le développement économique national pour les prochaines décennies. Il doit faire émerger et positionner les entreprises sur les technologies clés de demain. Les mesures issues du Programme d’Investissements d'avenir soutiennent des filières industrielles et doivent rendre plus performante l'économie française.

Quelles sont les priorités du programme ?

Pour orienter les investissements vers les besoins prioritaires du pays, l’État a identifié six axes stratégiques dans lesquels il est indispensable d’innover:

  • l’enseignement supérieur, la recherche et la formation;
  • la valorisation de la recherche et le transfert au monde économique;
  • les filières industrielles: développement des PME et ETI innovantes, consolidation des filières stratégiques de demain;
  • le développement durable;
  • l’économie numérique;
  • la santé et les biotechnologies.

Quelles activités peuvent être financées dans le cadre du PIA ?

Projets d’innovation ambitieux ayant pour objet le développement et/ou la démonstration d’un ou plusieurs produits, procédés, services ou modèles économiques, non disponibles sur le marché et à fort contenu innovant.

Les projets PIA doivent répondre aux Appels à Projets publiés annuellement, qui visent des projets pilotés par une entreprise ou un organisme de recherche réalisant des travaux de R&D, en collaboration ou non avec d’autres entreprises et/ou organismes de recherche.

Le PIA finance une partie des dépenses de R&D (personnels, amortissement d’équipements, sous-traitance). L’aide est apportée sous forme de co-financement dont le montant et le taux est propre à chaque appel à projet.

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Programmes de l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

Que sont les programmes ANR ?

L'Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR) est un établissement public à caractère administratif, placé sous la tutelle du ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation. L'Agence met en oeuvre le financement de la recherche sur projets, pour les opérateurs publics en coopération entre eux ou avec des entreprises.

L’action de l’ANR vise ainsi à soutenir l’excellence de la recherche française à des degrés de maturité technologique variés, à soutenir la recherche fondamentale, à encourager les partenariats scientifiques académiques et « publics-privés », et à favoriser les coopérations européennes et internationales. Pour cela, elle propose des appels à projets compétitifs et met en œuvre des processus de sélection rigoureux basés sur l’évaluation par les pairs, qui respectent les principes internationaux en la matière : impartialité, équité de traitement, confidentialité, déontologie, intégrité scientifique, et transparence.

Quelles sont les priorités de l’ANR ?

Le Plan d’action propose différents instruments de financement aux effets attendus spécifiques et aux caractéristiques distinctes en termes de sélection et de suivi :

L’Appel à projets générique (AAPG), principal appel de l’Agence, qui mobilise 4 instruments permettant de financer des projets de recherche individuelle portés par des jeunes chercheurs ou des jeunes chercheuses (JCJC), des projets de recherche collaborative entre entités publiques dans un contexte national (PRC) ou international (PRCI), et entre entités publiques et privées présentant une ouverture vers le monde de l'entreprise (PRCE). Il est structuré en 49 axes de recherche, dont 36 axes présentés au sein de 7 domaines disciplinaires, et 13 axes correspondant à des enjeux transversaux (trans- ou interdisciplinaires). Chaque axe correspond à un comité d’évaluation scientifique.

Et des programmes et appels à projets spécifiques :

  • Des actions spécifiques hors AAPG (Flash, Challenges, …) pour soutenir des besoins urgents de recherche dont la pertinence scientifique est en lien avec un événement ou une catastrophe d’une ampleur exceptionnelle ;
  • Les programmes Labcom, Chaires industrielles, Carnot, ainsi que les programmes Astrid et Astrid Maturation financés par l’Agence de l’innovation de défense (AID), pour stimuler le partenariat avec les entreprises et le transfert des résultats de la recherche publique vers le monde économique ;
  • Les instruments MRSEI et T-ERC, et des appels à projets spécifiques dans le cadre de partenariats bilatéraux stratégiques et programmes multilatéraux (JPI, ERA-NET et ERA-NET COFUND, actions multinationales via le Belmont Forum, etc.), pour accroître le rayonnement et l’attractivité de la recherche nationale en Europe et à l’international.

Quelles activités peuvent être financées dans le cadre des programmes ANR ?

Les dépenses éligibles et les taux de subvention dans les programmes ANR dépendent du statut du bénéficiaire (laboratoire de recherche, entreprise privée). DE façon générale, les coûts de personnel, d’équipements et des prestations de service sont éligibles.

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