The UK is among the top beneficiaries of EU science and research funding ranking second in both the number of applicants and as budget share under the existing programmes UK country sheet
Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions as of 11 December. This budget alone is around GBP 6.5 billion (Euro 7.8 billion), with funding focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020:
Excellent Science: Around GBP 2.5 billion (Euro 3 billion), including GBP 1.4 billion (Euro 1.7 billion) for grants from the European Research Council for top scientists and GBP 670 million (Euro 800 million) for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships for younger researchers (see MEMO/13/1123).
Industrial Leadership: GBP 1.5 billion (Euro 1.8 billion) to support Europe's industrial leadership in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space.
Societal challenges: GBP 2.3 billion (Euro 2.8 billion) for innovative projects addressing Horizon 2020's seven societal challenges, broadly: health; agriculture, maritime and bioeconomy; energy; transport; climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; reflective societies; and security.