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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the European Commission programme for financing European research and innovation projects. Team IRIS (International Research and Innovation Cooperation), a part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, is the National Contact Point (NCP) for Horizon 2020 in the Netherlands.

Excellent science, increased competitiveness and solutions for societal challenges

Through Horizon 2020, the European Commission (EC) and the ministry of Economic Affairs aim at increasing Europe's competitive position by strengthening scientific knowledge and by stimulating innovation. In addition, the EC wants to challenge business and academia to collaborate in creating solutions for pan-European societal challenges, such as climate change, ageing population, food safety & security and affordable renewable energy.

Horizon 2020 started on 1 January 2014 and is the successor of the FP7 programme. The budget is 80 billion euros for the 7-year duration of the programme.

For whom?

  • Organisations that are involved in research, technological development and innovation on an international scale.
  • Individual researchers.

Why participate in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 offers the following opportunities:

  • funding for research and innovation projects
  • attracting and supporting researchers
  • strengthening your international network
  • acquiring new knowledge and expertise

The Netherlands, your partner in Europe

Whether you’re searching for a partner to collaborate with, or whether you’re looking for a host institution to do your research, the Netherlands has a lot to offer. Over 1200 Dutch organizations participated successfully in FP7 projects (2007-2013). Their succes rate of 23% (of proposals accepted) is one of the highest in Europe.

The Top Sectors’ policy serves to further strengthen the position of nine economic sectors in which the Netherlands takes a leading position internationally. The publication 'Global challenges, Dutch solutions' (see Download) describes the way in which the Top Sectors currently address the Horizon 2020 societal challenges.

Our services

Netherlands Enterprise Agency provides information, training, and individual advice on how to participate in Horizon 2020. We can also help you find partners in the Netherlands.

More information

Visit the European Commission's Horizon 2020 site site, consult the online manual or contact one of our advisors for more information.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency carries out Horizon 2020 for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
If you would like to have more information in Dutch. Check our Dutch website: www.rvo.nl/horizon2020



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