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Horizon 2020: apply for European funds for business innovation

Businesses can apply for funds for business projects in areas from satellite technologies to cloud computing and personalised medicine

Horizon 2020

A European funding programme is to invest more than €400 millon across 14 initiatives launched this month.

Business support is available for projects in a range of fields including cloud computing, Internet of Things, space and satellite technologies, the circular economy, rail, clean skies and personalised medicine.

The funding is part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 fund for researchers and business, which aims to ensure Europe produces world-class science and that barriers to innovation are removed.

Government underwrites European funding

The UK Government recently said that businesses and universities should continue to bid for EU funding while the UK remained a member of the EU and that it would underwrite payment of awards even when projects continued beyond UK membership.

The funding opportunities

Fourteen new Horizon 2020 funding calls are now open.

EU-Brazil joint call: €8 million is available for various topics covering cloud computing, Internet of Things and 5G networks. Closing date 14 March 2017. Find out more.

Earth observation: development of new applications and uses for Copernicus and Earth observation technologies. Closing date 1 March 2017. Find out more.

Competitiveness of European space sector: development of space technologies. Closing date 1 March 2017. Find out more.

Applications in satellite navigation: development of applications using Galileo and EGNOS. Closing date 1 March 2017. Find out more.

Better innovation support to SMEs. Closing date 28 March 2017. Find out more.

Industry 2020 in the circular economy: €74 million available for large-scale demonstration projects on the circular economy. Closing date 7 March 2017. Find out more.

Personalised medicine: in-silico trials for developing and assessing biomedical products. Closing date 14 March 2017. Find out more.

Personalised medicine: personalised computer models and in-silico systems for well-being. Closing date 14 March 2017. Find out more.

Personalised medicine: procurement of innovative solutions for uptake of standards for the exchange of digitalised healthcare records. Closing date 14 March 2017. Find out more.

Greening the economy: €223 million available for multiple projects around climate services. Closing date 7 March 2017. Find out more.

Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities. Closing date 7 March 2017. Find out more.

Shift2rail: €60.8 million available for 17 different topics around rail. Closing date 30 March 2017. Find out more.

Clean Sky 2 call for proposals: €1.52 million available for technology evaluation. Closing date 28 November 2016. Find out more.

Clean Sky 2 call for core partners: €53.65 million available for proposals in large passenger aircraft, fast rotorcraft, and systems. Closing date 28 November 2016. Find out more.

Competition information

  • all competitions are open
  • Horizon 2020 funding opportunities are open to everyone in an EU member state
  • projects must be a consortium of at least 3 organisations and each member must have a legal standing such as registered business, partnership or charity
  • there are national contact points who can help you to apply for Horizon 2020 funding and to find consortium partners
Published 17 November 2016
Last updated 18 November 2016 + full page history
  1. Updated with three extra funding calls.
  2. First published.