H2020 work pogrammes for 2018-2020 period: Links to docs
On 27 October 2017, the European Commission has published the Work Programme 2018-2020 for Horizon 2020. The third and last Work Programme of the current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation has an extended duration of three years, one year longer than the previous Work Programmes. Additionally, the budget was increased to an overall budget of around EUR 30 billion, including support to the European Research Council (EUR 6 billion).
The new Work Programme focuses on priority goals, such as growth, competitiveness, sustainable development as well as quality of life in times of demographic change and the digital single market. With the implementation of Horizon 2020, the EU wants to substantially contribute to the achievement of the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs), marked by an increased focus or reference to these, especially in the Societal Challenges.
The pilot initiative European Innovation Council (EIC) is a new addition to the Work Programme. Currently, calls for the SME Instrument, the funding instrument “Fast Track to Innovation” (FTI), prizes under Horizon 2020 and the project part “FET – Open” are summarized under the EIC. These calls are located in the Work Programme part 20 “Towards the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: European Innovation Council Pilot.”
As “Cross-cutting activities”, four Focus Areas are defined in the new Work Programme: a) “Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union” (SU), b) “Digitising and transforming European industry services” (DT), c) “Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future” (LC) and d) “Connecting economic and environmental gains – the circular economy” (CE). The horizontal approach of the Focus Areas becomes clear by the distribution of individual corresponding topics across different subprogrammes of Horizon 2020.
Apart from calls in the Work Programme 2018-2020, notice should be taken of other funding opportunities. These include calls of the Joint Undertakings Clean Sky 2, IMI 2, BBI, ECSEL, FCH, HPC, Shift2Rail or SESAR as well as the ERA Nets and the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI).
Furthermore, potential candidates should seek advice from the National Contact Points.
The network of National Contact Points (NCPs) is the main structure to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020. NCPs are also established in many non-EU and non-associated countries ("third countries"). http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/support/national_contact_points.html
Information concerning individual programme parts are detailed below.
First calls opened on 31 October 2017 with deadlines in January 2018.
Work programmes 2018-2020 (Links to docs!)
» Excellent Science: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
» Excellent Science: Future and Emerging Technologies
» Excellent Science: Research Infrastructures
» Industrial Leadership: Information and Communication Technologies
» Industrial Leadership: Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology
» Industrial Leadership: Space
» Industrial Leadership: Innovation in SMEs
» Societal Challenge 1: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
» Societal Challenge 2: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research, and the Bio-economy
» Societal Challenge 3: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
» Societal Challenge 4: Smart, Green and Integrated Transport
» Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
» Societal Challenge 6: Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies
» Societal Challenge 7: Secure Societies
» European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot
If you are missing anything in this list, please consult this page: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-sections