Horizon 2020 is the EU’s research and innovation programme.
For a full overview of the H2020, we recommend completing the free, online workshop created by Dr. Séan McCarthy of Hyperion Ltd for The Wheel, Horizon 2020: Opportunities for Voluntary Organisations.
Click here to view a list of downloadable presentations delivered by Horizon 2020 National Contact Points in September 2017 for newcomers to the programme.
It focuses on three main priorities:
- Excellent Science
- Competitive Industry
- Better Society/Societal Challenges
This page will focus on Excellent Science and Better Society as they have the most potential for civil society organisations. However, you can visit the Irish or EU Horizon 2020 for more details on all funding opportunities.
Eligability criteria vary according to the type of project.
Check the H2020 online manual for more information on the criteria for the funding you are interested in.
Types of Projects
By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
For more information on projects under H2020, click here.
Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions
What does it fund?
MSCA enable research-focused organisations (universities, research centres, and companies) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide. For CSOs, there is potential to collaborate with research institutes on directing research for their area of work.
All areas of research are covered by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, including STEM subjects, the social sciences, humanities, and economic sciences.
Contact Grace McCarthy at the IUA for support.
Societal challenges are divided into a number of areas:
- 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
Click here and select H2020 under the section “Calls” (grey panel on the left of the screen). A tool for searching call for proposals will appear. You can select areas of interest and filter the results accordingly. You can also contact the Irish H2020 contact point for your area of interest. You can find their information here.
Horizon 2020 Deadlines:
Since the Access Europe project closed in January 2018, the information is no longer updated here with new calls for proposals. To keep updated with European funding information, subscribe to Funding Point, The Wheel's database of grants available to Ireland's community, voluntary and charitable sector.
Horizon 2020 work programme 2016 – 2017]
Irish Horizon 2020 website
Contact Points for H2020 in Ireland
H2020 online manual
Horizon 2020: Opportunities for Voluntary Organisations – online workshop