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Horizon 2020


With nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Horizon 2020 is helping to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness with its emphasis on

  • Excellent Science,
  • Industrial Leadership and tackling
  • Societal Challenges.

Horizon 2020 main pillars are described as follows:


Excellence Science: reinforce and extend the excellence of the Union’s science base and to consolidate the European Research Area

Industrial Leadership: support new and breakthrough technologies as well as research and innovation with a strong industrial dimension

Societal Challenges: a challenge-based approach to major societal issues

Horizon 2020 is characterized by horizontal pillars such as:

  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation : in order to reduce European Union significant internal disparities in terms of research and innovation performance, specific measures are targeted at low-performing Member States in terms of research and innovation.

  • Science with and for Society : aims at building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society, involving young and women and making scientice career more attractive

Horizon 2020 Useful links:


  • CORDIS: Partner search tool of the European Commission
  • Ideal-ist: Search engine dedicated to ICT and sectors that involve the use of ICT (Health, Environment, Energy, Transportation...)
  • Nmp Team: Search engine for nanomaterials and advanced materials
  • APRE: Search engine - Italian Agency for Promotion of European Research
  • ASTER – FIRST: Regional Agency for Research and Technological Innovation's search engine
  • FIT for Health 2.0:matchmaking tool implemented by Fit for Health 2.0 for Health-related topics in calls of Horizon 2020 and related programmes.