Horizon 2020 Information

For ResearchersHorizon 2020 Information

Horizon 2020 Information

Horizon 2020 is a European initiative to promote research and innovation across the EU until 2020. 80 billion euro has been allocated to the programme and will be awarded through a wide range of competitive funding calls. The amount of funding and the type of projects which are funded varies greatly.

H2020 Language: Pillars, Actions, and Work Programmes

There are two key factors to consider when looking to Horizon 2020 for possible funding; the disciplinary area into which your research fits and the type of project that you want to pursue. Click on the pillars in the diagram below, to learn more about each.

3 pillars of Horizon 2020Excellent Science - click to view Industrial Leadership - click to view Societal Challenges - click to view Horizon 2020 Ireland website - click to view

H2020 is divided into three 'Pillars'; Excellent Science; Industrial Leadership; and Societal Challenges. In pillar 1- Excellent Science, all disciplines are eligible. The other two pillars, ‘Industrial Leadership’ and ‘Societal Challenges’, are driven by priorities or broad disciplinary areas. Each area within the three pillars has its own Work Programme. The Work Programmes contain details of individual calls and the types of funding available. In order to be successful, your proposal needs to fit a call topic, and be aligned with the overall aims of the call, which will be made clear in the individual call details. The Work Programmes will also give details of eligibility requirements. The type of 'Action' which will be funded, that is, the structure and aim of the project to be pursued, whether it is a fellowship, a consortium, a training network, etc., varies also. The Commission has published a booklet (EC Horizon 2020 'In Brief') providing a comprehensive overview of Horizon 2020 for those wishing to learn more. Click on one of the areas of the image above to discover more.

Who can help you?


Within WIT, the EU Research Programmes Officer is best positioned to advise on research funding opportunities related to Horizon 2020.

Philomena Treacy

EU Programmes Officer

e: [email protected]
t: +353 51 83 4042



Each area of the Horizon 2020 work programme is serviced by a National Contact Point, a delegate in Ireland who coordinates effort in this specific area. These NCPs are extremely helpful to researchers and it is advisable that you contact them early on in the application process. Their names and contact details are included beside their specific area of expertise and contact details can be found in the relevant sections linked by the image above.