Horizon 2020

Submitting your information to UK Research & Innovation

UK organisations holding grants from Horizon 2020 need to submit information about them into a UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) portal designed to capture basic details about the grants. This will ensure that UKRI can keep UK researchers and businesses informed of the next steps if the government needs to underwrite Horizon 2020 payments. For more information, see the latest portal announcement.

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Horizon 2020 is the eighth EU research and innovation framework programme, comprising of €80 billion of support over seven years (2014-2020). The programme promises to deliver more scientific breakthroughs and discoveries by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of the members of the European Parliament. It emphasises excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges, by removing barriers to innovation.

There are three main pillars within Horizon 2020: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. Within Societal Challenges (SC) - external link there are seven societal challenges, with the main interest for the NERC community being in:

Compared to previous framework programmes, there is a greater emphasis on impact, requiring impact statements, and more emphasis on innovation, supporting all stages in the research and innovation chain including non-technological and social innovation and activities closer to the market. Proposals may also bring together different disciplines, sectors and actors to tackle specific challenges; for example scientists, industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, societal partners and end users.

The UK has been heavily involved in Horizon 2020, submitting the highest number of proposals (12·4%, nearly 50,000 from 2014-2016) with an average success rate of 15% (ninth place), winning a 15·2% proportion of EU contribution (around €3·8 billion from 2014-2016) thus far. Further facts and figures can be found in the Horizon 2020 factsheet - external link and details of featured Horizon 2020 projects with UK partners - external link are available.

More information on the continued UK participation can be found in a UK government overview (PDF) - external link.

Work programmes

Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are generally set out in multiannual work programmes. These are developed in consultation with stakeholders, including the Horizon 2020 advisory groups - external link, expert groups - external link, Joint Programming Initiatives and the programme committee for each challenge.

The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting.

A full list of the grants awarded from the Horizon 2020 work programmes can be accessed on the EU Open Data Portal - external link -.

Further information

For further information on the Horizon 2020 programme, please contact the UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels at or visit the UKRO website.

UKRO in Brussels is funded by NERC and the other research councils to support researchers' participation in the EU framework programmes. UKRO's mission is to promote effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and higher education activities. Through an organisational subscription service, UKRO provides an information portal, an enquiry service, a tailored annual visit and an annual conference for European officers.

National Contact Points (NCPs) have been established on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Each theme of Horizon 2020 has an NCP who supports both the academic and business communities through providing guidance on Horizon 2020 topics and actions, and advice on administrative procedures and proposal writing.