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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 is one open call in this area:

MSCA-RISE-2016: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
The call deadline is 28 April 2016.

Four calls have closed during 2015 and one in early 2016:

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

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.

Two calls have been closed this year

H2020-EO-2016: Earth observation

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

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 three calls opened

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 fosters early-stage research on any idea for a new technology. There are no pre-defined themes. It supports 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:

FET-Open-01-2016-2017: FET-Open research and innovation actions: FET-Open, Novel Ideas for Radically New Technologies – Research Projects aims to support early-stage joint science and research for radically new future technological possibilities. The call is entirely non-prescriptive with regards to the nature or purpose of the envisaged technologies and thus targets the unexpected. A bottom-up selection process ensures to build up a diverse portfolio of projects.

This call is open since 8-12-2015 and has three cut-off dates, the first on 11-05-2016, the second on 17-01-2017 and the third on 27-9-2017.
An amount of EUR 84.00 million is equally allocated to each of the three cut-off dates.

FET-Open-02-2016: FET-Open Coordination and Support Actions: FET-Open, Novel Ideas for Radically New Technologies – Coordination, and Support Actions. These actions will strengthen Europe in becoming a world leader for collaborative research and innovation on future and emerging technologies which in turn will secure and renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth and will make a difference for society in the decades to come. Proposals for this this call should address one of the following subtopics: a) FET Communication, b) FET Exchange, c) FET Conference or d) FET Innovation Greenhouse.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.3 and 0.5 million for FET-Open Coordination and Support Actions and up to EUR 1 million for FET-Open research and innovation actions would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

This call is open since 8-12-2015 and the deadline for submission for this call is 11-05-2016.

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 is one opened call in this area:

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

Three calls closed recently in this area:

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

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.

Sustainable resources for Food security and Growth’

Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, together with the bio-based industries, are integral parts of the European economy and society. Relying on the use of limited natural resources, these sectors produce and process biological resources to satisfy the demand of consumers and a wide range of industries for food, feed, bio-energy and bio-based products. While they enhance Europe’s self-reliance and provide jobs and business opportunities essential for rural, coastal and marine areas, these sectors are also facing significant challenges which require solutions based on research and innovation.

Four calls closed this year in this area:

H2020-BB-2016-2017: Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services - supporting the development of a European Bioeconomy

H2020-SFS-2016-2017: Sustainable food security - resilient and resource-efficient value chains

H2020-BG-2016-2017: Blue growth – demonstrating an ocean of opportunities

H2020-RUR-2016-2017: Rural renaissance - fostering innovation and business opportunities

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