Horizon 2020 launched with € 15 billion over first two years   

Most calls from the 2014 budget of the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme are already open for submissions as of today.

Calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth around € 7.8 billion, with funding focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal challenges.


Research carried out under ‘Smart cities and communities’ (2014 budget: €92 million) will aim at finding solutions with high market potential in fields such as energy efficiency in neighbourhoods, providing digital services and information for citizens or smart mobility services. So-called lighthouse projects will create strong partnerships between industries, academics and cities while empowering citizens to take an active part in improving quality of life in cites. The projects will demonstrate and validate attractive business plans that will attract funding and allow large scale replication. For example, EU funding could help develop nearly-zero energy districts, through better management of local resources, sustainable refurbishment of residential buildings and the application of cross-cutting ICT solutions.



Funding opportunities are set out in work programmes published on the EU's digital portal for research funding, which has been redesigned for quicker, paperless procedures. Participants will also find simpler programme architecture and funding, a single set of rules, and a reduced burden from financial controls and audits.


The 2014-15 calls include € 500 million dedicated to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a brand new SME Instrument.




Members' Projects

Black Sea Coastal Erosion, Romania
Previous seafront protection management works in Eforie, Romania have deteriorated over time, as a result of frequent extreme hydro-meteorological phenomena (sea storms, waves etc.) and due to anthropic influences (alluvial shares reduction, constructions with influences on coastal currents, limited financial resources for maintanance of existing coastal protection developments) etc.