Horizon 2020

Last changed: 08 September 2021
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Horizon 2020 - EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)

Horizon 2020 is the current European Union's program for research and innovation for the years 2014-2020 and has a budget of about 77 billion euros. Horizon 2020 will end in 2020 and be replaced by a new framework programme called Horizon Europe.

Horizon 2020 focuses on three parts according to the main priorities for research and innovation that the European Commission has taken within the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy: 1. Excellent science 2. Industrial Leadership 3. Societal Challenges.

1. Excellent Science

2. Industrial Leadership

3. Societal Challenges

More information: Work Programmes 2018-2020

Each program theme has a National Contact Point (NCP). The NCPs can provide information and guidance about Horizon 2020, and can be found at Vinnova, the Swedish Research Council (VR) and other governmental agencies.


In Horizon 2020, there are different forms of funding actions in different parts of the programme. Types of action, specific provisions and funding rates are described in the General Annexes to the Horizon 2020 Works Programme 2018-2020.

The major funding actions are:

  • Research and innovation actions (RIA). Funding rate: 100% of eligible, direct costs
  • Innovation actions (IA). Funding rate: 70% of eligible, direct costs (except for non-profit legal entities, where a rate of 100% applies)
  • Coordination and support actions (CSA). Funding rate: 100% of eligible, direct costs
  • ERA-NET Cofund actions. Funding rate: The EU contribution will be limited to a maximum of 33% of the total eligible costs of the action.

    Indirect eligible costs are in most cases calculated as a flat rate of 25% of direct eligible costs, excluding direct eligible costs for subcontracting and the costs of resources made available by third parties. However, there are other funding actions as well, e.g., within the ERC and the Marie Curie programmes.


Horizon 2020 grants do not provide full coverage of indirect costs. Normally, responsibility for co-funding of indirect costs lies with the respective department. If the co-funding requirement is large, there are SLU-common solutions for co-funding. More information is available at SLU’s staff web, Co-funding - central and three-part.


All open and forthcoming calls are published on the European Commission's Funding & Tenders Portal. The portal is the entry point for participants and experts in funding programmes and tenders managed by the European Commission and other EU bodies. Here you can:

  • Search and apply for funding opportunities in calls for proposals
  • Search a call for tender and submit a tender
  • Manage your grants
  • Register as an expert, manage contracts and payments online.


If you have questions about applying to Horizon 2020, please get in touch with the Grants Office at grantsoffice@slu.se.

At the Grants Office web you can find information about

The Grants Office can provide specialist support when a SLU researcher is coordinating a large or more complex application for research funding. Access to these services requires support from the Head of Department and generally covers applications for EU funding, as well as national funding of strategic relevance, for projects in the range of 20 MSEK and above. For more information see the staff web; Coordinated research applications.

Please contact the financial administrator at your department for support with budgeting in SLU´s project calculator.

Data management plan
When a project proposal has been granted funds from framework program Horizon 2020 a first draft of a data management plan must be submitted to the Commission within six months. More information on the data management plan, as well as a template, is available here.

If you have any questions concerning the data management plan or need help with developing one, please contact the Data Curation Unit at dcu@slu.se


You will report your project expenses and results to the European Commission via the Commission's Funding & Tenders Portal. The Financial Officer/Administrator at your department will be able to assist you with the financial reporting, and the Project Manager of the project is responsible for the scientific reporting.


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