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Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation

Last checked on:
1 April 2021
Published on:
29 November 2013

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.

Follow-up Horizon Europe

The Horizon 2020 programme has ended. Horizon Europe is the successor and builds on the succes of Horizon 2020 for the period of 2021-2027.

Read more about Horizon Europe.

Scientific research for society

Through Horizon 2020, the European Commission (EC) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy aim at increasing Europe's competitive position. It must help to strengthen scientific knowledge and stimulate 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, the ageing population, food safety and security and affordable renewable energy.

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

Eligible applicants

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

Reasons to participate in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 offers the following opportunities:

  • funding for research and innovation projects
  • recruitment of and support for researchers
  • expansion of your international network
  • new knowledge acquisition and increase of expertise.

The Netherlands, your partner in Europe

Whether you’re searching for a partner to collaborate with or looking for a host institution for your research, the Netherlands has lots to offer. Over 1,200 Dutch organizations participated successfully in FP7 projects between 2007 and 2013. Their acceptance rate of proposals of 23% 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' describes how the Top Sectors currently address the Horizon 2020 societal challenges.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you find partners in the Netherlands.

More information

Visit the European Commission's Horizon 2020 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 and Climate Policy. If you would like more information in Dutch, check our Dutch website:


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