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EC launches Horizon 2020 with first calls for projects

17 December 2013

Following the recent approval of the Horizon 2020 research programme (2014-2020) by the European Parliament and Council of the EU (member states), the European Commission has published on 11 December the first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020.

The Commission noted that the competitive calls in the 2014 budget would be worth €7.8 billion and funding would be focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020.

  • Excellent Science: Around €3 billion, including €1.7 billion for grants from the European Research Council for top scientists and €800 million for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships for younger researchers.
  • Industrial Leadership: €1.8 billion to support Europe's industrial leadership in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space.
  • Societal challenges: €2.8 billion for innovative projects addressing Horizon 2020's seven societal challenges.

While most of the calls (from the 2014 Budget) have now been published the EC noted further calls would be published throughout the year.

The funding opportunities and related reference documents (such as the Model Grant Agreement) for Horizon 2020 are set out on the Horizon 2020 participants portal.

EUA notes that the Model Grant Agreement includes information on the possibility to declare costs related to large research infrastructure as direct costs in Horizon 2020 projects. EUA regrets however that, based on the information made available, taking up this option seems to be not possible in practice for most universities. EUA has produced more detailed briefing information for members on this issue and on the Model Grant Agreement (and its implications) which has been sent by email to EUA members. Staff from EUA member institutions can also request this information by emailing

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