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Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research (2014-2020), is the world's largest funding programme for research and innovation. Its objective is to help develop an EU-wide knowledge- and innovation-based society and a competitive economy and to contribute to sustainable development.

In addition to European cooperative projects, some programme areas allow for individual funding.

Please contact Dr. Ursula Higgins if you are interested in learning more about Horizon 2020, if you need support in networking with cooperation partners, or if you are already planning a project.

EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation HORIZON 2020Hide

HORIZON 2020 has three pillars:

A large portion of the available funding is used to solve “Societal Challenges” which decision-makers have identified as pressing research topics.
The section "Leading role of the industry" deals with industrial research and development: key technologies and industrial technologies facilitate new products and thus improved competitiveness.
The section "Scientific Excellence" is designed to support Europe's best and brightest in their scientific careers (see also research funding by the European Research Council).

Another goal of this focus is an improved network of researchers, international mobility, and access to the world's best research infrastructures.

Current details about the Horizon 2020 programme are available via the European Commission's Research & Innovation Participant Portal, via the German Horizon 2020 Portal, and on the homepage of the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi).

Support and advice in submitting proposals is available from the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR), from KoWi, or from BMBF's national contacts organized by subject area.

The University of Bayreuth's Participant Identification Code (PIC) is available here (bt-username required).

The best way to get involved in the framework programme is by contributing as a reviewer. The Participant Portal allows you to register with information on your expertise.

Research Funding provided by the European Research Council (ERC)Hide

The European Research Council (ERC) funds basic research under the banner of Frontier Research. The concept illustrates an underlying notion of groundbreaking, visionary research that eliminates borders between basic and applied research and between research and technology.

These funding measures are geared to scholars of all nationalities interested in carrying out a research project in Europe. ERC Grants fund researchers who set up teams freely to carry out cutting edge research over a period of several years.

  • Starting Investigator Grants for scholars who completed a doctorate 2-7 years ago
  • Consolidator Investigator Grants for scholars who completed a doctorate 7-12 years ago
  • Advanced Investigator Grants for established scholars
  • Proof of Concept for transferring ERC project findings into innovations

The University of Bayreuth's Participant Identification Code (PIC) is available here (bt-username required). Further information and support is available from the ERC's National Contact Point (NKS ERC).

Other European ProgrammesHide

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