PublISHED ON 01 June 2018

UpDATED ON 23 November 2018

Applying for Horizon 2020 funding

Horizon 2020 is the EU's current framework programme for research and innovation. Around 30 billion EUR is still available to apply for under the programme until 2020. Researchers in Sweden can benefit from this funding.

Who can apply for funding?

The calls within the current framework programme, Horizon 2020, are aimed at many different types of applicant: individual researchers, higher education institutions, companies, research institutes, local government, public authorities, national research funding bodies, etc.

Of the close to 80 billion EUR provided by the framework programme, some 30 billion EUR is still available for 2018–2020.

All relevant calls can be found on the EU Commission's Participant Portalexternal link

How the framework programme is structured

There are three main focal points for the framework programme: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. These in turn are divided into a number of subsidiary areas.

Excellent Science

Under Excellent Science, researchers can apply for funding for groundbreaking research, for research infrastructure and for research in another country.

This focal point is divided into four subareas

  • European Research Council, ERC
  • Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, MSCA
  • Future and Emerging Technologies, FET
  • Research infrastructure

Have a look at the bottom of this page to find out more about the subsidiary areas and the funding that you can apply for as a researcher.

Societal Challenges

This focus area looks at the major societal challenges facing the EU and the rest of the world. Researchers in this field can apply for funding for interdisciplinary research and innovation cooperations, among other things.

The total Horizon 2020 budget is just over 77 billion EUR. Some 40 billion EUR is still available for 2018–2020.

The societal challenges identified are

  • Health, demographic changes 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 for Europe and its citizens


  1. 14 researchers in Sweden to receive an ERC Starting grant

    It has now been decided who will get an ERC Starting grant. In total, 408 researchers will share more than 6 billion SEK, to be used in developing their research and building up their own teams. 14 of them have a Swedish host institution.

  2. Help shaping Horizon Europe

    The EU Commission is now preparing the design of the new framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe. This programme will take over from the current Horizon 2020 on 1 January 2021.

  3. Apply for ERC funding this autumn

    This autumn large amounts of research funding are made available for applicants by the European Research Council (ERC). All calls are open for all subject areas. The Swedish Research Council supports researchers and research officers at Swedish highe...