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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, a number of calls managed by the REA were launched. The agency is also in charge of managing FP7 projects in the areas of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, in space and security research and in FP7 research for the benefit of SMEs.

The projects are selected via calls for proposals announced on the Participants 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 €817.40 million will be granted to the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows in 2014 for all calls together.


Currently there is one open call in this area :
H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE): promotes research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas between research and market.

The call deadline is 28 April 2015 and the available budget is €80 million.
Evaluation is scheduled to start in May and the applicants should be informed by the results around end of September. All grant agreements should be signed the latest by the end of this year.


One call have closed this year:

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN): funding is available to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, while raising excellence and structuring research and doctoral training.

The call deadline was 13 January 2015 and the available budget is €370 million.

The 5+3 month periods for evaluation and grant preparation applies. Applicants will be informed of their evaluation results by mid-June 2015 at the latest, and all grant agreements should be signed by mid-September 2015.


More closed calls in this area

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 are three open calls in H2020 space research managed by the REA:

H2020-EO-2015*: Earth Observation funds actions developing space-enabled Earth Observation products and, based on the Copernicus data, applications close to the market with a high business potential. The indicative available budget is €26 million.


H2020-PROTEC-2015*: Protection of European assets in and from Space focusses on solutions to reduce the impact of space debris. The indicative available budget is €6,5 million.



H2020-COMPET-2015*: Competitiveness of European Space Technology call maintains the support in the key areas including critical technologies, access to space and space technologies at low technology readiness level (TRL) while extending its reach to other areas of space science and exploration and new domains of international cooperation. The indicative available budget is €36,5 million.


The deadline for these calls is 8 April 2015.


Three calls for proposals have been closed on 26 March 2014:


H2020-EO-2014: Earth Observation called for new ideas on Earth-relevant space applications and tools enabling access to space data in scope for climate change and atmospheric monitoring. Budget: €21,5 million.


H2020-PROTEC-2014: Protection of European assets in and from Space funded research enhancing the performance of space weather prediction, and research on access technologies and characterisation of Near Earth Objects (NEOs). Budget: €8 million.


H2020-COMPET-2014: Competitiveness of European Space Technology aimed to foster competitiveness, non-dependence and innovation of the European space sector, including SMEs. This implied work on advancing space technologies and operational concepts from idea to demonstration in representative terrestrial and/or in space. Budget: €52 million.


34 projects have been selected for funding under this call, they are starting in early 2015.

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.


What kind of research will be funded?

The call H2020-DRS-2015: Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change, is divided into 12 different topics. It is designed for actions to reduce the loss of human life, environmental, economic and material damage from natural and man-made disasters, including extreme weather events, crime and terrorism threats. The available budget is €82.330 million.

The call H2020-FCT-2015: Fight against crime and terrorism is divided into eight topics, aiming both at avoiding incidents and to mitigate against their potential consequences. This requires new technologies and capabilities for fighting and preventing crime (including cyber-crime), combatting illegal trafficking and terrorism (including cyber-terrorism), and preventing radicalisation to help avoid aviation related threats. The available call budget is €42.16 million.

The call H2020-BES-2015: Border Security and External Security is divided into 11 topics and targets the development of both technologies and capabilities to aid rapid identification, with the aim of improving border security; and new technologies, capabilities and solutions to support the Union's external security policies in civilian tasks. The available call budget is €42.17 million.

The call H2020-DS-2015-1 Digital security: cyber security, privacy and trust is divided into four topics, aiming at Securing and increasing the trust in the digital society. The available call budget is €50,21 million.

The total budget for these 35 topics open in the four calls amounts to €216,87 million.


How to apply for funding?

The calls are open until 27 August 2015, 17.00 Brussels time. Applicants must submit their proposals electronically, following the link from the call page on the Participant Portal.


How will the grants be awarded?

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.

Applications are assessed by panels of independent experts who evaluate each proposal against the criteria set out in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme.


More about the Secure Societies challenge

The Secure Societies research action aims at protecting 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.


Three calls for research proposals are closed:

H2020-DRS-2014: Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change is designed for actions to reduce the loss of human life, environmental, economic and material damage from natural and man-made disasters, including extreme weather events, crime and terrorism threats. The available call budget is € 73.4 million. An additional € 7 million is earmarked for the topic DRS 17 'Protection of urban soft targets and urban critical infrastructures'.

H2020-FCT-2014: Fight against crime and terrorism aims both to avoid an incident and mitigate against its potential consequences. This requires new technologies and capabilities for fighting and preventing crime (including cyber-crime), illegal trafficking and terrorism (including cyber-terrorism), and preventing radicalisation to help avoid aviation related threats. The available call budget is € 56.77 million.

H2020-BES-2014: Border Security and External Security targets the development of both technologies and capabilities for rapid identification with the aim to improve border security, and new technologies, capabilities and solutions to support the Union's external security policies in civilian tasks. The available call budget is € 20.78 million.

The Secure Societies challenge also includes the call H2020-DS-2014-1 Digital security: cyber security, privacy and trust
with a budget of € 47.04.

The calls closed on the 28 August 2014.
Evaluation results are expected to be announced in January 2015. The successful candidates are likely to receive their first part of project funding in May 2015.

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 is one open call in this area:

H2020-WIDESPREAD-2015: Widespread Twinning aims at building upon the huge potential of networking for excellence through knowledge transfer and exchange of best practices between research institutions and leading partners.
The call deadline is 2 December 2014, but it is likely to be extended. The available budget is around €64 million.

Two calls were recently closed:

H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-1: Widespread TEAMING aims at setting up new centres of excellence by pairing them up with leading institutions.
The call deadline is 17 September 2014 and the available budget is €11,850,000

H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-2
: Widespread ERA Chairs aims at building upon the huge potential of networking for excellence through knowledge transfer and exchange of best practices between research institutions and leading partners. The call deadline was 15 October 2014 and the available budget is €33,600,000.

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 nine open calls in this area, seven of which managed or co-managed by the REA and are listed below:

1. H2020-REFLECTIVE-SOCIETY-2015: The overarching theme is 'Reflective Societies: cultural heritage and European Identities'.


The available budget is 14,6 million 


2. H2020-REFLECTIVE-6-2015:funds actions on innovation ecosystems of digital cultural assets. It supports and promotes access to and reuse of digital cultural heritage resources (available in scientific collections, archives, museums, libraries and cultural heritage sites) as part of research and innovation.

The budget for this call is €10 million.


3. H2020-YOUNG-SOCIETY-2015: The overarching theme is 'The young generation in an innovative, inclusive and sustainable Europe'. This call includes the following topics:
  • YOUNG-3-2015: Lifelong learning for young adults: better policies for growth and inclusion in Europe
  • YOUNG-4-2015: The young as a driver of social change

The available budget is €9,45 million.


4. H2020-EURO-6-2015: This call is part of the overarching theme 'Overcoming the Crisis: New Ideas, Strategies and Governance Structures for Europe' and it includes the following topic:
  • EURO-6a-2015: Meeting new societal needs by using emerging technologies in the public sector.

The available budget for this theme is €11.5 million


5. H2020-EURO-SOCIETY-2015: This call is part of the overarching theme 'Overcoming the Crisis: New Ideas, Strategies and Governance Structures for Europe' and it includes the following topic

The available budget for this theme is €5 million.


6. H2020-INT-SOCIETY-2015: The overarching theme is 'Europe as a global actor' and includes the following topics:
  • INT-03-2015: Europe's contribution to a value-based global order and its contestants
  • INT-04-2015: The European Union's contribution to global development: in search of greater policy coherence
  • INT-05-2015: Rethinking the European Union crisis response mechanism in light of recent conflicts
  • INT-06-2015: Re-invigorating the partnership between the two shores of the Mediterranean
  • INT-07-2015: Towards a new geopolitical order in the South and East Mediterranean region
  • INT-08-2015: The European Union and the Eastern Partnership
  • INT-09-2015: The European Union, Turkey and its wider neighborhood: challenges and opportunities
  • INT-10-2015: The European Union and integration challenges in the Balkans
  • INT-11-2015: European cultural and science diplomacy: exploiting the potential of culture and science in the EU's external relations
  • INT-12-2015: The cultural, scientific and social dimension of EU-LAC relations

The available budget covering all these themes is €25 million.


7. H2020-INSO-2015: This call is part of the overarching theme New forms of innovation and includes the following topics:

The deadline for these calls is 28 May 2015.

More information: complete list of all opened calls for this programme


Closed calls: Grant agreements of the closed calls are expected to be signed, for INSO end of this year, for EURO and YOUNG by the end of January 2015 and for REFLECTIVE by the end of May 2015.

List of all closed calls