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Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union (EU) research and innovation programme, aimed at securing the global competitiveness of Europe. 

Horizon 2020 is open for business: Welsh participants can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way. 

You can also use SCoRE Cymru funding to build and strengthen Horizon 2020 partnerships. Contact us for further information or support: Horizon2020@Wales.gsi.gov.uk  

Horizon 2020  focuses on excellence in science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for public and private sectors to work together.

Full details can be found on Horizon 2020 (external link).  There is also information on work programmes, which cover the majority of support available to applicants.

Read about some of the projects that have been funded in the ‘Horizon success stories’ download document. You can also watch our video (external link) which shows examples of projects that have been supported by the Horizon 2020 programme.

How to apply

Applications for Horizon 2020 funding must be made through the Participant Portal. (external link)

Innovate UK (external link) hosts a resource center to help UK companies and academics take part in Horizon 2020.

e-News

Subscribe to our e-News for regular updates and useful information on Horizon 2020 in Wales: horizon2020@wales.gsi.gov.uk  

You can download the latest version under ‘Download Documents’. 

Events

In collaboration with our partners the Horizon 2020 Unit provides targeted events, workshops and training. Upcoming planned events include:

Horizon 2020 in Wales Annual Event - 30 March 2017 – Future Inn, Cardiff Bay

This year’s event will address how maximising EU research and innovation funding opportunities will help Welsh organisations thrive now and well into the future.

Researchers, businesses, practitioners and policy makers alike will have the unique opportunity to hear presentations from key note speakers such as Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government and Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director General, European Commission and a chance to discuss key issues with an expert panel. For more information please email us: horizon2020@wales.gsi.gov.uk 

Following the main morning event there will be two specialist themed workshops.  Free to attend and a unique opportunity to hear from experts in their field:

Flexible and Integrated Energy Systems: A Smart Opportunity
Jointly organised with Cardiff University, this workshop will focus on the latest research, development and innovation issues related to the hugely topical subject of smart energy systems. Register here (external link).

Support and Funding for Research and Innovation: What Welsh businesses need to know
This free workshop offers an opportunity to hear a range of informative talks on support for Welsh businesses looking to develop and maximise new technologies, followed by a networking session to further exchange of ideas. Register here (external link).

If you would like to plan an event or training contact the Unit: horizon2020@wales.gsi.gov.uk  

European events allow you to meet prospective project partners to carry out collaborative research and innovation.  Events can be found on the following websites:

Guidance documents

  • SCoRE Cymru (Supporting Collaborative Research and innovation in Europe) - The scheme provides funding support to stimulate Wales-based organisations to participate in European collaborative research such as Horizon 2020.
  • Horizon 2020 progress reports - These reports provide an overview of Horizon 2020 activity in Wales, including links with the European Structural and Investment  funds.