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The REA manages a large share of Horizon 2020 in five different big areas:

  • Excellent science;
  • Industrial Leadership;
  • Societal challenges;
  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation;
  • Science with and for Society.

Since December 2013, several Horizon 2020 calls managed by the REA were launched.

The projects are selected via calls for proposals announced on the Participant Portal. If you would like to submit a research proposal in one of these areas, check for open calls on the portal or on this page.

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Marie Curie Actions

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions fund mobility of researchers across borders and sectors, to ensure excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities.

The funding is open to all domains, from basic research to market take-up and innovation services. All researchers and innovation staff at all stages of their career are eligible. The participation is also open to research organisations, businesses and socio-economic actors from all countries. Participation of industry, in particular SMEs is particularly encouraged.

In total € 3 429 million will be granted to the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions under the Work programme 2016-2017.

Currently there are two open calls in this area:

MSCA-ITN-2016: Innovative Training Networks (EID European Industrial Doctorates, EJD European Joint Doctorates, ETN European Training Networks)
The call deadline is 12 January 2016.

MSCA-NIGHT-2016:European Researchers' Open Night
The call deadline is 13 January 2016.

Four calls have closed during 2015:

H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2015: Marie Skłodowska-Curie co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)
The call deadline was 1 October 2015

H2020-MSCA-IF-2015: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF)
The call deadline was 10 September 2015

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
The call deadline was 28 April 2015

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN):
The call deadline was 13 January 2015

Space Research

The Space research action supports the European research community in developing innovative technologies and operational concepts "from idea to demonstration in Space", and in using data for scientific, public, or commercial purposes. The funded actions are expected to add on research activities of the Member States and of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The total budget of the H2020 Space Work Programme amounts ca. €1,7 billion of which the REA will manage ca. €830 million in the domains 'Earth Observation', 'Protection of European assets in and from Space' and 'Competitiveness of European Space Technology'.  Other domains of the H2020 Space Work Programme include 'Applications in Satellite Navigation' (Galileo) and 'SME Instrument in space research and development'. The H2020 Galileo Calls will be managed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in Prague.

Currently there two open calls in this area

H2020-EO-2016: Earth observation

H2020-COMPET-2016: Competitiveness of European space sector: technology and science

The deadline for submission of applications is 3 March 2016.

Three calls have been closed during 2015

H2020-EO-2015: Earth Observation

H2020-PROTEC-2015: Protection of European assets in and from Space

H2020-COMPET-2015: Competitiveness of European Space Technology

Secure Societies


The Secure Societies research action aims to protect the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens. Its specific objective is to foster secure European societies in a context of unprecedented transformation and growing global interdependencies and threats, while strengthening the European culture of freedom and justice.

The indicative budget of the programme will reach € 1 694 million.

At the moment there are no calls opened.

The last calls closed on 27 August 2015. Evaluation of the research proposals is expected to start in September 2015, with the results announced in January 2016. The successful candidates are likely to receive their initial funding by May 2016.

During March 2016 three call will be opened in the three following areas:

H2020-CIP-2016: Critical Infrastructure Protection
H2020-SEC-2016: Security
H2020-DS-2016: Digital Security Focus Area


More information on all calls can be found on Participant Portal.

Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

The 'Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation' is a new EU research funding action within Horizon 2020 which introduces specific measures ('Teaming', 'Twinning' and 'ERA Chairs') targeted at low-performing Member States. They will be implemented by the Member States located in the 13 'new' EU member states plus Portugal, Luxembourg, and some associated countries. The main aim is to maximise investment in research and, allowing the individual strengths of each Member State to be optimised.

The indicative budget of the programme will reach € 816 million.

Currently there are no open calls in this area which are managed or co-managed by REA

For more information on calls, please go to the H2020 participant portal.

Fostering Novel Ideas FET-OPEN

FET Open supports early-stage research on any idea for a new technology. There are no pre-defined themes. It encourages scientists and engineers from multiple disciplines to work together on game-changing science and technology research, expanding well beyond the traditional technological disciplines. It encourages not only proposals with new and promising ideas, but also proposals from new high-potential actors in research and innovation (such as young researchers and high-tech SMEs), who may become the scientific and industrial leaders of the future.

Overall, FET Open will receive 40% of the €2 696m which is the total FET budget in Horizon 2020.

Currently there are two open calls in this area:

H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA: FET-Open, Novel Ideas for Radically New Technologies – Research Projects aims to support early-stage joint science and technology research for radically new future technological possibilities. The call is entirely non-prescriptive with regards to the nature or purpose of the technologies that are envisaged and thus targets mainly the unexpected. A bottom-up selection process will build up a diverse portfolio of projects.

The call deadline is 29-09-2015 with two cut-offs, one on 30-09-2014 and the other on 30-03-2015.

H2020-FETOPEN-2015-CSA: FET-Open , Novel Ideas for Radically New Technologies – Coordination, and Support Actions 2015. These actions aim to achieve thought-leadership on new and emerging technologies with the strong engagement of scientists, citizens, innovators and policy makers. The aim is to improve long-term innovation potential in Europe, both from an abundance of novel ideas and from a range of actors ready to take them forward;

The available budget for this call is €3 million with a deadline of 29-09-2015 and a first cut-off date on the 31-03-2015.

Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

'Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies' is a Societal Challenge of the Horizon 2020 programme. The research under this theme will address social exclusion, discriminations and various forms of inequalities. It will explore new forms of innovation and strengthen the evidence base for the Innovation Union, the European Research Area and other relevant EU policies. It will promote coherent and effective cooperation with third countries. Finally, it will address the issues of memories, identities, tolerance and cultural heritage. It will also promote new ideas, strategies and governance structures for overcoming the crisis in Europe.

Currently there are four open calls in this area:

H2020-SC6-REV-INEQUAL-2016-2017: Reversing inequalities and promoting fairness

H2020-SC6-ENG-GLOBALLY-2016-2017: Engaging together globally

H2020-SC6-CO-CREATION-2016-2017: Co-creation for growth and inclusion

H2020-SC6-CULT-COOP-2016-2017: Understanding Europe – promoting the European public and cultural space

For more information on calls, please go to the H2020 participant portal.