Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

By Nov.14, 2017

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020, covering the final three years of the EU’s current research & innovation funding programme, was officially announced at the end of October. The Work Programme contains details of all of the proposed calls across all three pillars of Horizon 2020.

The list of calls announced runs in the hundreds and therefore can seem to be overwhelming to navigate. In this post therefore, we wanted to provide a brief overview of the structure of the Work Programme, a selection of some of the calls that may be of particular interest to Salford academics, along with details of where to go to find out more and to search through all of the available opportunities.

Horizon 2020 Structure

The Horizon 2020 programme is structured into three main ‘pillars’ (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges). Each of these pillars focuses on a different type of research & innovation action: bottom-up, curiosity-driven research (Excellent Science); applied and close-to-market research & innovation actions with an industry focus (Industrial Leadership); challenge-driven collaborative research & innovation actions addressing some of the grand themes affecting both the EU and the wider world (Societal Challenges). Within each pillar there are sub-categories, all of which have their own part of the Work Programme.

 

Brexit and UK applicants’ eligibility to receive funding

We understand that some confusion may still exist about UK applicants’ eligibility to apply for and receive funding from Horizon 2020 in light of the Brexit process. The key message at the moment, both from the UK Government and the European Commission, is that the status of the UK as an EU Member State will not change until such time as the UK actually leaves the EU and that UK participants should continue applying for Horizon 2020 and other competitive EU funds.

Furthermore, the UK Government has issued a statement guaranteeing funding for UK applicants on proposals that submitted up until the date on which the UK formally leaves the EU (even those for which the outcome is not known at that date).

More information on the current situation is available on the UK Research Office’s (UKRO) website.

The 2018-2020 Work Programme

Some of the key calls in the new Work Programme that are likely to be of interest to Salford academics include (each call contains a link to the relevant call page on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal):

PILLAR 1: EXCELLENT SCIENCE

European Research Council (ERC)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

PILLAR 2: INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT) – ICT

Call – Information and Communication Technologies

Technologies for Digitising European Industry

5G

Next Generation Internet (NGI)

Call – Digitising and transforming European industry and services: digital innovation hubs and platforms

Support to Hubs

Platforms and Pilots

LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT) – NANOTECHNOLOGIES, ADVANCED MATERIALS, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND PROCESSING, AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (NMBP)

Call – TRANSFORMING EUROPEAN INDUSTRY

2.1. FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE (FOF)

Call – INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY

3.4. CULTURAL HERITAGE

3.5. ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGS (EEB)

LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT) – SPACE

Call – Space 2018-2020

Space technologies, science and exploration

PILLAR 3: SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 1: HEALTH, DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE & WELLBEING

Call – Better Health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systems

1.3 Infectious diseases and improving global health

1.5 Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being

Call – Digital transformation in Health and Care

Call – Trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care

Focus Area on Digitising and transforming European industry and services

DT-TDS-01-2019: Smart and healthy living at home

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 2: FOOD SECURITY, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY, MARINE, MARITIME AND INLAND WATER RESEARCH AND BIOECONOMY

Call – Sustainable Food Security

From functional ecosystems to healthy food

Environment and climate-smart food production and consumption

Call – Blue Growth

Organising sustainable food and non-food value chains under changing conditions

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 3: SECURE, CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY

Call – BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: SECURE, CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY

Energy efficiency

Upgrading buildings’ energy performance and smartness

Energy efficiency is an energy source

Global leadership in renewables

Renewable energy solutions for implementation at consumer scale

Smart and clean energy for consumers

Smart citizen-centred energy system

Smart Cities and Communities

Cross-cutting issues

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 4: SMART, GREEN AND INTEGRATED TRANSPORT

Call – 2018-2020 Mobility for Growth

  1. BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: LOW-CARBON AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
  1. ACCOUNTING FOR THE PEOPLE

Call – Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Green Vehicles

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 5: CLIMATE ACTION, ENVIRONMENT, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND RAW MATERIALS

Call – Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement

Climate adaptation, impacts and services

Inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Water for our environment, economy and society

Innovating cities for sustainability and resilience

Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Nature-based solutions, disaster risk reduction and natural capital accounting

Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Heritage alive

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 6: EUROPE IN A CHANGING WORLD – INCLUSIVE, INNOVATIVE AND REFLECTIVE SOCIETIES

Call – MIGRATION

Call – SOCIOECONOMIC AND CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 7: SECURE SOCIETIES – PROTECTING FREEDOM AND SECURITY OF EUROPE AND ITS CITIZENS

Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union – Focus Area

Call – Protecting the infrastructure of Europe and the people in the European smart cities

Call – Security

Disaster-Resilient Societies

Fight against Crime and Terrorism

Call – Digital Security

SU-DS02-2020: Management of cyber-attacks and other risks

SCIENCE WITH AND FOR SOCIETY

Call – Science with and for Society

Strategic orientation 1. Accelerating and catalysing processes of institutional change

Strategic orientation 2. Stepping up support to Gender Equality in Research & Innovation policy

Strategic orientation 4. Exploring and supporting citizen science

Strategic orientation 5. Building the knowledge base for SwafS

Further Information

This is just a small selection of the total number of calls that have been announced for period 2018-2020. Details of all calls, with a range of search tools to help identify those that are relevant to you, are available on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

The Research Development Team is on hand to provide further guidance and advice on all aspects of Horizon 2020, including proposal development. Initial contact points within the Team for all Schools are available on the Contact Us page.

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