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Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Horizon 2020 sections

Work programme general introduction, including focus area

Excellent Science

  • European Research Council
  • Future and Emerging Technologies
    • FET Proactive
    • FET Flagships
    • FET Open
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
  • Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures

Industrial Leadership

  • Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies
    • Space
    • Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology
    • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Access to risk finance
  • Innovation in SMEs

Societal Challenges

  • Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
  • Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy
  • Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
  • Smart, Green and Integrated Transport
  • Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
  • Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

  • Teaming
  • Twinning
  • Era Chairs

Science with and for Society

European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot

  • SME Instrument
  • Fast Track to Innovation
  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open
  • Horizon Prizes

Focus areas

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)


Participation Rules

A consortium should consist of at least 3 independent entities that are based in at least 3 Member States or Associates.
However, some departures from the general rule exist. A single entity can apply for projects: 

  • Frontier research - European Research Council;
  • Activities in the field of researcher mobility - Maria Skłodowska-Curie Actions;
  • Coordination and Support Actions;
  • SME Instrument.

Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 laying down the rules for participation and dissemination in "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)" and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1906/2006 Text with EEA relevance 

Projects types

  • Research and innovation,
  • Innovative,
  • Coordinating and supporting actions,
  • ERC grants for frontier research (pioneering research, including theoretical and / or experimental research),
  • Projects for training and career development - Maria Skłodowska-Curie's actions,
  • Instruments for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),
  • Pre-commercial and innovative public procurement (PPC, PPI),
  • ERA-NET Cofund type projects.

Funding Rules

  1. The basic level of funding for research and innovation projects - up to 100% of eligible costs.
  2. For innovative projects - up to 70% of eligible costs (in the case of non-profit legal entities up to 100%).
  3. Fixed flat rate for indirect costs in the amount of 25% of eligible costs, excluding the costs of subcontracting. In some projects, there are other funding rules - see the guidelines for individual calls set out the rules in detail.
  4. VAT will be eligible costs, unless the institution can recover it.

How to participate?

JU PIC 999642716

Grant signature

Grant signature

Grant Agreement
It is concluded between the European Commission and all partners of the consortium. On its basis, the partners of the consortium commit themselves to implement a specific project, and the European Commission to co-finance it. All agreements under the new Framework Program of the European Union, Horizon 2020 are concluded only in electronic form.

Scheme for signing the grant agreement

  • Declaration of honor
    Each beneficiary must electronically sign an individual Declaration of Honor by LSIGN - Legal Signatory - Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Kistryn, Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian University for research and structural funds
  • Grant Agreement
    Signs the coordinator (via LSIGN) and then the European Commission
  • Accession Forms
    ​Signs every beneficiary (by LSIGN)

Model documents  

Consortium Agreement
The Consortium Agreement is signed between the partners of the consortium implementing the project. The European Commission is not a party in this agreement. It is obligatory to sign it, unless it is stated otherwise in the call for proposals. Agreement is signed in paper version.

Guidance How to draw up your consortium agreement  

Model: DESCA 

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The Ministry of Science and Higher Education support for Horizon 2020

Horizon Bonus

Providing support to scientific units implementing projects under the Horizon 2020 Framework Program and the Euratom program. The funds granted are intended to finance salary supplements for persons participating in the project and constitute ineligible costs of the project implemented under the aforementioned programs.

More information:

Call announcement
Full decree (in Polish)
Vice Rector's Announcement (in Polish)

Grants for grants

Support for Polish scientific units and universities that applied for the implementation of projects under the European Union research programs.

More information:

Call announcement
Minister's Announcement (in Polish)
Vice-Rector's Announcement (in Polish)