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Horizon 2020

What is Horizon2020?

The European Union’s research and innovation fund with a total budget of €77bn wants to support your innovative business and research ideas and projects, and will the next five years focus on three pillars – all pillars have interest for the development of the wind industry:

  •   Excellent science
  •   Industrial leadership
  •   Better society
The pillars are further broken down into key priorities and topics that result in ‘calls for proposals’ that has varying deadlines throughout the remaining five year period.

It is the ‘calls for proposals’ you should be aware of, because those are the current and concrete areas of funding, the committee wants applications for.

Funding is open for all innovative projects in basic research, applied research, product development and market maturation.

In all pillars, it is required to establish a partnership across at least three EU-countries. However, in the SME and individual segments, this is not required.

What is funded?

The European Union has listed four types of projects companies can apply for:

Research and Innovation Actions, Innovation Actions, Coordination and Support Actions and SME Instrument. Furthermore, it is possible to apply for the European Research Council’s (ECR) research grants. See the overview of the different funding schemes here

Who can apply?

All legal entities. This means individuals, companies, including SMEs and big corporations, Universities, NGOs and a public organization based in an EU-country with an innovative idea can apply. 

This funding scheme has a particular focus on funding small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

How do I apply?

Via the Horizon2020 Participant Portal where you will find a guide for the application process. You can also look up the different focus areas, search on key words relevant to your projects and see the current calls for proposals that are available.

You can look up classic industry topics like energy, environment and climate, transport or international partnerships directly, but be aware that alternative areas under the three pillars might have relevance to your projects as well.


See the deadlines for the current calls for proposals here

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