Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. 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.

Horizon 2020 is an integrated programme that covers all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The different types of funding provided by the existing programmes will be brought together into a single coherent, flexible framework. It provide funding for every stage of the innovation process from basic research to market uptake. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union. Horizon 2020 consists of three main areas and others:

■ Excellent Science
The Excellent science programme aims at supporting world leading scientists in blue sky research, providing training and career development opportunities, developing future and emerging technologies and EU research infrastructures (Budget: EUR 24,441 million (31% of total budget))

■ Industrial Leadership
Industrial leadership should help make Europe a more attractive location to invest in research and innovation by supporting major investments in key industrial technologies, by facilitating access to risk finance for innovative companies and projects, and providing Union wide support for innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (Budget: EUR 17,016 million (22.5% of total budget))

■ Societal Challenges
The “Societal challenges” programme aim is to tackle the major issues affecting the lives of European citizens. It should increase the effectiveness of research and innovation in responding to key societal challenges by supporting excellent research and innovation activities (Budget: EUR 29 679 million (40% of total budget))

■ Others
Science with and for society (€ 462 million)
Spreading excellence and widening participation (€ 816 million)
European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) (€ 2,711 million)
Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) (€ 1,903 million)


Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, an Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Are you looking for a reliable, innovative and highly competitive partner in order to undertake joint projects? If so, please contact us. KIC-Europe continuously seeks new partners with whom we can work on the Horizon 2020 programme. We can then look together at the potential opportunities for cooperating on a Horizon 2020 project and other funding schemes.

Some of the domains that spark our interest include:

  • Trade associations and pan-European networks looking for partners in the fields of innovation, R&D and technology commercialisation;
  • Universities and research organizations that want to develop their ideas in the areas of entrepreneurship, ICT, energy, biotech and a broad range of sub-categories; and
  • Participating in bilateral EU-Korea calls for proposals.

For more information, take a look at the section on the H2020 Calls for proposalsAlso, please visit the section Korea-EU STI Cooperation.


  • Applicants from non-EU countries are always free to participate in Horizon 2020 programmes even if the call for proposals or topic text do not state this explicitly.
  • They are not automatically entitled to funding. Applicants from non-EU countries may be granted funding if:

1. Funding is provided for in a bilateral scientific/technological agreement or similar arrangement between the EU and the country where the applicant is based;

2. The call for proposals clearly states that applicants based in such countries are eligible for funding; and

3. Their participation is deemed essential for carrying out the action by the Commission or the relevant funding body because it provides:

* outstanding competence/expertise

* access to research infrastructure

* access to particular geographical environments

* access to data Republic of Korea is classified as an “Industrialised Country” among third countries, not eligible for funding.

It means that Korean researchers are only entitled to funding in cases indicated above. However, they can use financial support of institutions participant on their own or matching fund provided by the Korean government. sources: Funding of applicants from non-EU countries & international organistaions, 14 February 2014, DG R&I EC


  • General rule: Korean researchers cannot be a principal investigator but can be part of a consortium as a partner
  • Five-step process for application:


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※ For more information, visit the website of the European Commission “Participant Portal” or contact KIC-Europe NCP
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