Basics in EU R&I funding

Unlike some other EU programmes, for example structural funds, Horizon 2020 is managed by the Commission and its agencies in Brussels. This means that the proposals are sent directly to Brussels, and the funding decisions are made there.

The projects are international: the consortium consists of a minimum of three separate organisations from three different member states. However, in some funding schemes (the SME instrument) one participant is enough.

The participation of SMEs is highly encouraged throughout the programme, and in particular in close-to-market actions. SMEs can participate in collaborative projects in a consortium or apply for funding through the dedicated SME instrument.

The Calls for Proposals, budgets and timetables are listed in the Work Programme. Potential applicants can also contact the relevant National Contact Point for more information and advice on how to participate.