Mainstream Horizon 2020 takes into account projects that are across all of the core pillars. We expect that for SME’s however, the majority of the projects will fall within the core pillars of Societal Challenges and the Industrial Leadership. Mainstream H2020 funding, while open to all types of organisations, is probably more suited to SME’s with previous experience working in funded EU partnerships. The diagram below illustrates how the funding has been allocated over the 7 years across each core pillar.

For SME’s who are experienced in the EU funding process we believe there are opportunities in applying to calls in the areas listed below:

Industrial Leadership (~€17bn)

  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies
  • Enabling Technologies, namely advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology, ICT; micro and nanoelectronics, photonics, and nanotechnology;
  • Space research.
  • Access to risk finance; and
  • Innovation in SMEs.

Societal Challenges (~€29.7bn)

  • Bioeconomy;
  • Climate action;
  • Energy;
  • Health;
  • Transport;
  • Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies; and
  • Secure societies.