Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. It is the successor of FP7, the seventh Framework Programme
For European and Luxembourg research organisations or innovative companies, Horizon 2020 is a unique opportunity to join European-wide or international teams to further their research agenda.
Horizon 2020 addresses a wide range of organisations: universities, research centres, industry, and specifically SMEs. Horizon 2020 also covers the full range of research and innovation. It offers opportunities for “bottom-up” fundamental research, industry-led participation, and collaborative research around pre-defined domains (so-called Societal Challenges).
Horizon 2020 funding is allocated following competitive calls on specific topics. Typically, projects are carried out by international and sometimes inter-sectorial (i.e. private and public) project teams (consortia) in about three years. A project is led by a coordinator, who orchestrates the set-up of the project proposal, and later on ensures the link between the European Commission and the project participants. Funding is allocated on the basis of reimbursement of eligible costs, with funding rates from 70% to 100%.
Preparing a European research and innovation project is a process that requires careful planning, from identifying relevant calls, to finding partners, drafting the proposal, and submitting it on time. The proposals will be evaluated by experts on the basis of three criteria: ‘excellence’, ‘impact’ and ‘quality and efficiency of the implementation’.
Please contact the Horizon 2020 National Contact Point team, supported by the European Commission, with questions about European funding opportunities for your organisation. In Luxembourg, Luxinnovation acts as NCP for Horizon 2020.
In the past Framework Programme, from 2007 to 2013, Luxembourg-based organisations have participated in over 230 projects.
Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, has been appointed by Luxembourg's Ministry for Higher Education and Research as National Contact Point.
A large and personalised portfolio of services is therefore offered by the BioHealth Cluster Operational Team, which acts as National Contact Point for the Societal challenges "Health demographic change and wellbeing" and "Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research" programmes in Luxembourg. The team also relays practical information and provides support to researchers and entrepreneurs wishing to participate in the Innovative Medicine Initiative Joint Undertaking.
In all cases, the services offered covers the following aspects:
- Information: tailor-made training, organisation of thematic seminars, dissemination of information on European R&D programmes
- Strategy: analysis of the work programmes of the European Commission and identification of research topics that are likely to tie in with the strategy of organisations aiming to participate in FP7
- Partner search: identification of potential European partners through a European network
- Assistance with the preparation of project proposals in order to optimise the opportunities for successful submission to the experts of the European Commission: guidance and information on legal, financial and administrative matters
- Support for project promoters: assistance with their contractual obligations (preparation of administrative and financial reports) and project follow-up through well-established communication channels with the European Commission
The Fit4H2020 scheme is a national subsidy to Luxembourg companies planning to participate in Horizon 2020 calls for proposals. It is the successor scheme of Fit4Europe, which has helped dozens of companies to succeed in European RDI projects in the past.
Fit4Horizon2020 has been put into place in order to encourage Luxembourg companies to participate in Horizon 2020 by covering part or all of the costs induced by positioning the company in an international context. The costs induced by the proposal set-up and drafting process will also be covered. Eligible programmes are: Horizon 2020, Eurostars, and Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL). The allocated sums are based on flat rates and will vary according to the company’s role within the consortium (coordinator or participant) and the submission procedure (one or two steps).
In order to increase the success rate of the submitted proposals, companies that wish to coordinate a project proposal submission will be encouraged to cooperate with an external expert specialising in the drafting of proposal submissions for EU funded projects.
Luxinnovation handles the administrative management of the Fit4Horizon 2020 measure and helps companies to benefit from this aid by providing information and support for application.