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Horizon 2020 is the new EU programme for research and innovation activities. It will run from 2014 to 2020 with a total budget of around 70 billion euros.

The Horizon 2020 programme aims to unite all existing European initiatives for research and innovation funded through the framework programme for research and innovation (RP), framework programme competitiveness and innovation (CIP) and European Institute of innovation and technology (EIIT).

Therefore, by combining three separate programs is happening the Association of research and innovation.

At the same time, Horizon 2020 focuses on social challenges and gives greater access for all companies, universities, institutes in EU countries and beyond. Moreover, thanks to the new tools it gives the chance to small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the program. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union , a Europe 2020 initiative aimed at securing Europe’s competitiveness and new jobs.

“Manual of  Horizon 2020”

You must meet the following minimum conditions:

  • At least three legal entities must participate in the projects;
  • Each of these three legal entities must be established in a member state of the EU or in an associated country;
  • No two of the three entities may be established in the same member state of the EU or in an associated country;
  • All three legal entities must be independent of each other in the definition of Article

Such participants are eligible for financing from the EU:

  • any legal entity established in a member state of the EU or in an associated country, or created under EU law;
  • any international organization involving the EU;
  • any legal entity established in a third country identified in the work program.

If  international organisation or a legal entity established in a third country participates in program, which does not meet the criteria for funding under paragraph 1, funding from the EU may be granted, provided that executes at least one of the following conditions:

  • Participation of such an organization or legal person is deemed necessary to do the action of the EC or the relevant funding body;
  • Such funding is provided for under a bilateral scientific and technological agreement or any other arrangement between the EU and the international organisation or, when it comes to legal entities established in third countries between the EU and the country in which was founded the legal entity.

Joint calls for proposals with third countries or international organizations:

  • Joint calls for proposals with third countries or technical and scientific organizations and agencies of such countries or with international organizations can be entered for co-financing shares. Proposals shall be evaluated and selected using agreed between the parties with the procedures for joint evaluation and selection.
  • Legal entities that are funding from the EU should conclude a financing agreement with the EU or the relevant funding body. The funding agreement must include a description of the work to be executed by the members and legal persons from third countries that participate in the program.
  • Legal entities that are funding from the EU should conclude a coordination agreement with legal entities – participants of the programs that are funding from relevant third countries or international organizations.

See more on the website:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/