Horizon 2020 is the EU’s funding programme for research and innovation. The programme is designed to create new growth and jobs across Europe by strengthening scientific knowledge and know-how within the EU, by supporting the development and introduction of new technologies and innovations and by tackling major societal challenges facing Europe. The Horizon 2020 budget amounts to approximately EUR 80 billion and covers the years 2014–2020.
Horizon 2020 provides opportunities for a wide range of operators. The programme is open to universities, research centres, businesses, individual researchers and all other organisations that carry out or rely on research in their operations, such as unions and local authorities. The programme is mostly designed for funding international research and innovation collaborations, but ideas put forward by individual researchers can also be considered. The European Commission invites experts from different fields to review project proposals submitted during each call, and only the best proposals are funded.
The Academy of Finland acts as Finland’s National Contact Point (NCP) for Horizon 2020 together with Business Finland. The programme committee and NCP responsibilities are divided between the Academy and Business Finland.
The Academy has the main responsibility for Horizon 2020 Pillar 1, Excellent Science, which includes the European Research Council (ERC), Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and research infrastructures. Under Pillar 3, Societal Challenges, the Academy is also responsible for SC 1, Health, Demographic Change & Wellbeing, and SC 6, Inclusive, Innovative & Reflective Societies. Academic science advisers are also active in NCP and expert roles in other parts of the Horizon programme.
In Finland, communication on EU framework programmes has been concentrated to the website of the Finnish EU Research and Innovation Programmes office (EUTI).