The European Union research and innovation funding programme will enable a competitive economy in Europe by providing financial support for innovation in products, services and processes. Horizon 2020 funds research and innovation activities across the entire value chain, from the initial idea to the development of prototypes.
All legal entities may participate in Horizon 2020 if they are located in an EU Member State, a country associated with the programme or a third country.
Strictly speaking, support is based on project plans with European added value, which need to respond to a call for proposals announced by the European Commission.
Horizon 2020 provides for a uniform funding rate for each project. This must be ascertained from the respective call for proposals.
As a general rule, at least three independent bodies from three different countries must be involved in a project.
Certain programme areas in Horizon 2020 provide the opportunity to apply for funding (e.g. the SME instrument) as an individual partner. This supports only SMEs (small and medium-sized companies) along the innovation chain – from feasibility studies through research and demonstration to market launch.
The Enterprise Europe Network Berlin-Brandenburg offers a free information and consultancy service on investment opportunities and helps you to file an application or search for collaborative partners for a planned project.