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    SPIRAL - Horizon 2020 Overview of the programme
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    This session provides an overview of funding opportunities available through the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Programme for Research & Innovation.

Duration 2 hours 30 mins

Course Type Workshop

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Academic / Research Staff at all levels

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever European research and innovation programme, with a budget of over EUR 70 billion between 2014 and 2020.  The programme aims to ensure that Europe produces world-class science; removes barriers to innovation; and makes it easier for public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. 

Funding calls are based in 3 areas/pillars:

  • Excellent Science: focused on raising the level of Europe’s science base by supporting the best ideas, developing European talent and providing researchers with access to a research infrastructure;
  • Industrial Leadership: focused on stimulating the growth potential of European companies by offering access to finance, encouraging private investment in research and development, and offering support for innovative SMEs;
  • Societal Challenges: focused on the biggest challenges facing modern society.  This area reflects the policy priorities of the European Commission and covers all stages of research and innovation, from concept to market.

The session provides an introductory overview of each of the schemes within Horizon 2020, including details of what can be funded, the deadlines and application process, and information on next steps.

The session will provide an overview of the full range of opportunities available, including:

  • The prestigious individual research grants offered through the European Research Council
  • Marie Curie PhD training networks and industrial doctorates
  • Marie Curie individual fellowships
  • Paradigm-shifting innovation funded through the Future Emerging Technologies (FET) strand
  • Collaborative projects on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) such as micro & nanoelectronics, photonics, biotechnology, nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processes
  • Interdisciplinary research projects on the seven societal challenges of health, bioeconomy, energy, climate change, transport, innovative societies, and security.

Delivered By: Fiona McKenna and Katie Robinson RKES


Post Event Work: Colleagues will have gained an understanding of the full range of opportunities available within Horizon 2020, which will help them to identify and prioritise target schemes. More detailed information on the particular scheme of interest can then be obtained through further SPIRAL events (such the Collaborative PhD challenge, the Future Emerging Technologies challenge, etc), RDP events (such as the Winter Fellowships Challenge, or Building International Consortia) or through individual follow-up with the international business team within RKES.

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