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The European Union Framework Programme HORIZON 2020 is the dedicated for research and innovation, implemented for the years 2014-2020. Its structure is based on three main priorities:





Excellent Science:

European Research Council (ERC)

Future and emerging technologies (FET)

Maria Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Research infrastructures, including e-infrastructure


Industrial leadership:

Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies

Access to Risk Finance

Innovation in SMEs


Societal Challenges:

Health, demographic change and wellbeing 

Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and 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 freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.


Additional specific objectives:

Spreading excellence and widening participation
Science with and for society
RRI – Responsible Research and Innovation
Activities of the Joint Research Center and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology