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Horizon 2020

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Horizon 2020 is the research and innovation programme of the European Commission that invests a total of 80,000 million euros between 2014 and 2020. The objective of this programme is to turn Europe into a global power in terms of scientific and technological innovation. This programme is based on three pillars:


These challenges focus on financing research that is in line with the 7 priorities established by the EU: health, demographic change and well-being; food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, marine and inland water research, and bioeconomy; safe, clean and efficient energy; intelligent, ecological and integrated transport; action for climate, environment, efficiency of resources and raw materials; Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies; Secure societies: Protect the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.


This pillar seeks investment in strategic technologies that allow the European Union to take a step forward. To do this, it urges the private sector to invest together with the public sector in the development of these technologies that favor innovation.

In this sense, the companies are strengthened so that they are efficient and competitive, which subsequently translates into the creation of jobs.


The program aims to attract all the talents from the European Union and create a climate of collaboration and exchange of experiences and ideas among European scientists and researchers.


The European Commission establishes a series of types of different actions types that are financed by this programme:

Research and innovation actions: Financing of innovation projects that address clearly defined challenges. These projects must generate new knowledge or technologies.

  • Innovative actions: The financing is mainly destined to actions closer to the market, such as the development of prototypes, pilot experiments, improvement studies of projects or services …
  • Coordination or support actions: Coordination and creation of networks applicable to projects, programs or lines of research.
  • Subsidies to the research of the frontiers of knowledge: projects that will be executed by a national or multinational research team that are selected based on scientific excellence in any field of research.
  • Marie-Curie Actions: International research grants in the public and private sectors, research training and personnel exchange.
  • Specific instrument for SMEs: To develop the growth potential of highly innovative SMEs.
  • Fast track to innovation: Innovation projects that address societal or technological challenges.


On the one hand, standard research projects formed by a consortium made up of a minimum of three legal entities. In addition, all participating entities must belong to any member state of the EU or associated countries.

At each call, the Commission may establish other eligibility criteria different from those set out above.

If you want to participate in one of the calls open by the Horizon 2020 program, you can enter the H2020 website, or you can contact us to advise you on the formulation and management of the project and the formation of a guarantee consortium.

Maximiliano Alonso  told us in this video the structure of this program: