European Commission publishes 2018-2020 Work Programme of Horizon 2020

The last work programme of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 has been published on October 27th. It elaborates on how the remaining €30 billion of Horizon 2020 will be spent during the years 2018-2020.

The 2018-2020 work programme puts a strong focus on the European Commission’s political priorities:

  • A low-carbon, climate resilient future: €3.3 billion
  • Circular Economy: €1 billion
  • Digitising and transforming European industry and services: €1.7 billion
  • Security Union: €1 billion
  • Migration: €200 million

€2.2 billion will be dedicated for clean energy projects.

Other highlights of the 2018-2020 programme:

  • Supporting breakthrough, market-creating innovation. The Commission is launching the first phase of the European Innovation Council as continuation of support for innovative entrepreneurs. €2.7 billion from Horizon 2020 is dedicated to support high-risk, high-gain innovation to create the markets of the future. Better use of the H2020 "crack the challenge" prizes to deliver breakthrough technology solutions to pressing problems is planned.
  • Supporting excellent science. During the period of 2018-2020 support for 'curiosity-driven science' ('blue sky science' or 'frontier research') will be maintained.  To support excellent researchers €1.86 billion is available under The European Research Council Work Programme. Under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, providing support for researchers at all stages of their careers, €2.9 billion is allocated for the years 2018-2020.
  • Enhancing international cooperation. The Work Programme will strengthen the international cooperation. €1 billion in 30 flagship initiatives is dedicated for this purpose.
  • Spreading excellence. €460 million is dedicated to support Member States and associated countries that do not fulfill their potential in the H2020. The aim is to enhance pockets of excellence in and outside Europe. Synergies with European Structural and Investment Funds will be promoted.
  • Simplifying rules of participation further. The Commission is introducing the lump-sum pilot with the aim to simplify administration processes under H2020.
  • Open Science. The focus is shifted to sharing knowledge in the research process. €2 billion will be allocated to support Open Science, and €600 million will be dedicated to the European Open Science Cloud, European Data Infrastructure and High Performance Computing.

For more information please contact Kyrre Ås (, Katrine Lim ( and Vilija Duleviciute (


Relevant Information:

Work Programmes 2018-2020 (Reference Documents part of the Participant Portal)

Calls for proposals

Participant Portal for H2020

Participant Portal H2020 Online Manual


UiS Prosjekthåndbok (in Norwegian)

UiS Forsknings- og innovasjonsavdelingen


UiS H2020 projects:

Triangulum: Smart cities, sustainable societies

EDISON-Education for Data Intensive Science to Open New science frontiers

RUNIN-The Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Development

CO-LAB-Improving collaborative working between correctional and mental health services

ENSYSTRA-Energy Systems in Transition

Sist oppdatert av Peck Sze Lim (01.11.2017)

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