EU funding for innovation



Horizon 2020 is the European Union's (EU) main programme for financing research and innovation projects. With a budget of almost €80 billion, it aims to help European businesses take great ideas from the lab to the market.

The programme offers funding and collaboration opportunities for a wide range of organisations - from universities and research institutes to public and third-sector bodies, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.

This guide provides an overview of Horizon 2020 programme and Horizon 2020 opportunities for SMEs, and tells you where to find help for Horizon 2020 applicants in Northern Ireland.

It also includes information on Horizon 2020 calls for proposals and the Northern Ireland Contact Point network where you can get support for your business.

You can continue to participate in Horizon 2020 programmes and receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual projects. This includes projects finishing after 1 January 2021.

Successful UK bids will continue to receive grant funding from the Commission. This includes calls that end after 1 January 2021.

A small number of UK projects involving EU-restricted information may be unable to continue in their current form. The Commission will inform the affected participants. Read more about EU Exit and Horizon 2020.