The questions and answers below will give you a good introduction into Horizon 2020. More detailed topics can be found in the menu to the right.
Horizon 2020 is the funding programme for research and innovation of the European Union. Any type of organisation from both the private and the public sector is eligible for funding, provided that they perform research or develop innovative products or services. To a lesser extent, Horizon 2020 also funds coordination and support actions that concern topics such as dissemination or support to researchers.
Horizon 2020 funding is awarded based on calls for project proposals, which are published on the Participant’s Portal. The calls for proposals define the thematic areas for which funding is available and provide all criteria that need to be respected. They also include information on the total amount of budget available and the deadline for submitting a call. This deadline has to be respected to the minute – proposals that are submitted too late will not be taken into account.
Your NCP is available to help you identify calls for proposals that can be interesting for you, help you to find project partners where needed, and advise on the submission and evaluation process.
The funding rate corresponds to the proportion of approved project costs that is covered by European funds. In order to simplify the management of Horizon 2020 projects, there is one single funding rate per project, with an exception concerning non-profit organisations participating in innovation projects. These are:
A basic requirement is to read all the documentation of the call for proposals to understand its objectives and themes and make sure that your project idea is in line with what the call aims to achieve. It is also crucial to keep the European point of view in mind and highlight that your proposed project:
It is also crucial to allow enough time for preparations before the submission deadline and respect all formal conditions (page number, etc).
Your NCP is available to advise you further on all these points and help you increase the chances of success of your proposal.
We advise you to:
As NCP, it is also our role to help Luxembourg actors find project partners through, for instance, various European networks, our privileged contacts with other NCP and our regular contacts with the European Commission.
The objective of the European Commission is that it should not take more than 8 months between the closing of a call for proposals and the signing of the grant agreement:
In the case of ERC grants and exceptional justified cases, the overall time might, however, be longer than 8 months.
The main steps include:
As National Contact Point, we are available to advise you throughout the whole process.
We advise you to:
As National Contact Point, we regularly organise events to provide information on Horizon 2020, upcoming calls for proposals or theme-specific questions. We also advise EU project participants on a bilateral basis or are available for short in-house presentations.
The European Commission calls upon committees to implement European legislation. These committees are composed of representatives from Member States and Associated Countries. Luxinnovation represents Luxembourg in various committees on European RDI policy making.
Concerning Horizon 2020, the main subject of discussion are the "work programmes". These documents define research priorities for each domain that then translate into calls. Committee members can inform the European Commission on national research priorities. They also have the important opportunity to establish bilateral contacts and to draw attention to Luxembourg’s positioning.