Horizon 2020, also known as H2020, is the EU's main research and innovation funding programme, running between 2014 and 2020, with a total budget of €80 billion. Horizon 2020 contains a number of different funding programmes and mechanisms and is mainly structured around three pillars; Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. There are opportunities for individual researchers and groups of researchers to apply for funding under each of these pillars, as well as in additional cross-cutting or complementary areas.


Horizon 2020 structure

For more information about the H2020 structure as a whole, please see the European Commission page on Horizon 2020 sections. There is also a short introduction to the H2020 structure and types of funding available at the beginning of this webinar video and in the presentations found from previous information events.

Apply for funding

The European Commission’s portal collating all funding programmes and tenders managed by the European Commission and other EU bodies is the Funding and Tenders portal. A short video introducing the Funding and Tenders Portal can be found on YouTube.

Screen shot of the funding and tender portal

Project results

The European Commission's primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation (currently FP1 to Horizon 2020) is: the Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS)

Screen shot of the CORDIS web page

Horizon 2020 funding opportunities

The National Contact Point (NCP) hosted by ESRC is able to offer advice on Horizon 2020 (H2020) funding opportunities relating to social sciences, arts and humanities (SSH). These are categorised as falling into one of two areas:

There is detailed information on everything related to this specific SSH-led societal challenge on the relevant page.

As the NCP for “Embedding SSH”, advice is also offered for UK SSH researchers looking to participate in any other part of the H2020 programme. This may mean working together with other NCPs to ensure specialist advice is received, whichever part of H2020 funding your query relates to.

For European funding opportunities outside H2020 or for upcoming H2020 prizes which have relevance for the SSH community, please sign up to the SSH mailing list by emailing a request to Challenge6NCP@esrc.ukri.org.

Please note that there is another NCP, hosted by UKRI, who is able to offer advice on the cross-cutting objective “Science with and for Society” (SWAFS) which often has opportunities highly relevant for the SSH community.