Horizon 2020: the EU research and innovation funding programme

Success stories from businesses and other organisations who have accessed European funding and support for their innovation projects.

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever European funding programme for research and innovation. It has a grant budget of 79 billion euros and will run until 2020.

This collection brings together real-life examples of UK organisations using the Horizon 2020 programme to develop their innovative ideas. It includes how they have benefited from working with international partners and gaining access to EU funding support.

Notes on EU opportunities

New Horizon 2020 opportunities launch regularly and are open to UK businesses. They will continue to be open to the UK while it remains a member of the European Union.

The government will underwrite payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. This includes awards where the application is submitted before the exit and is subsequently approved after exit.


This section provides an overview of Horizon 2020 and how the programme works, as well as where you can get support.

Funding competitions

An overview of the latest funding opportunities through Horizon 2020.

Success stories

Find out how other organisations have benefited from taking part in European funding programmes.


Read some of our blog posts on global business opportunities including Horizon 2020 to get information and inspiration.

  1. Innovate UK: find out more about how we work

    • News story
Published 3 November 2015
Last updated 1 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Clarified underpayment of awards to UK applicants for projects that continue and/or are awarded beyond the UK's exit from the EU.
  2. Added new section on funding competitions.
  3. The statement guaranteeing Horizon 2020 EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU, was updated to
  4. Removed section on registering for the High Level Group, which is no longer in date. Added paragraph on opportunities being open to UK organisation while it remains a member of the EU. Added new section on international blogs. Added latest case study.
  5. Added "Chancellor Philip Hammond’s statement guaranteeing Horizon 2020 EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU"
  6. Link added to register for the expression of interest to become a member of the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation High-Level Expert Group on maximising the impact of EU Research and Innovation programmes as part of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020
  7. First published.