The EU's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation defines and implements European Research and Innovation policy with a view to achieving the goals of the EU's growth strategy. It monitors and contributes to the Innovation Union initiative and the development of the European Research Area.

EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, has set three goals for EU research and innovation policy: Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World.

Key funding

Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years. It supports excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. Funding opportunities are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the support available.

Horizon 2020 covers:-

Excellent Science

  • European Research Council
  • Future and Emerging Technologies
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions
  • Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures

Industrial Leadership

  • Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies
  • Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Space
  • 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
  • Science with and for Society

Cross-cutting activities

  • Fast Track to Innovation Pilot
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Euratom
  • Smart Cyber-Physical Systems

All Horizon 2020 calls for funding proposals are published on the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal.

European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST)
COST is a means for European researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields of science and technology through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities.

The successor programme will be Horizon Europe 2021-2027. EU Member States, European Parliament and European Commission reached a partial agreement (i.e. excluding some matters such as the budget and the rules for association to the programme) in March 2019.
Following the closure of the European Partnership at the end of March 2019, this website is no longer active and will not be updated. However, it will be kept live for a period of time as an archive resource.