Policy background

Turkey participates in in EU research and innovation programmes since 2003. Turkey has launched already in 2004 the Turkish Research Area (TARAL) – modelled onto the European Research Area (ERA). In this field, Turkey made good progress notably in the ERA Priorities related to e-infrastructures, open data and gender mainstreaming in research. In 2019, Turkey launched a series of measures that led to the establishment of an Action Plan to boost the national research and innovation capacity as well as cooperation with and alignment to the European Research Area. It is expected that this Action Plan will lead to a tangible impact on Turkey’s participation in Horizon 2020 and its successor Horizon Europe. Turkey has made steady progress in Horizon 2020 being particularly successful in the European Research Council, in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and in the area of Energy research.

Horizon 2020 key figures

Funding opportunities

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

International cooperation in Horizon 2020

Projects and results

Research project database (CORDIS)

The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects. Here you can find International cooperation projects related to Turkey.

EU funded projects

Examples of international cooperation projects

  • MAtchUP - (2017-2022) aims at transforming cities through innovative solutions and technologies at the service of local communities. MAtchUP’s objective is to create and adopt solutions that can turn urban problems into smart opportunities to improve the citizens’ quality of life and boost the local economies. The MAtchUP consortium is made of 28 organizations from 8 different countries. Three lighthouse cities and four follower cities are supported by the expertise of universities and research institutions, SMEs, industrial and non-profit partners.
  • NIMBLE (2016-2019) - has the ultimate goal to develop a federated, multi-sided and cloud services-based business ecosystem that supports B2B collaboration for industry, manufacturers, business and logistics, ICT-based innovation of products and evolution of traditional business models and federated, competitive yet interoperable instances of the platform.
  • TRUSTVEHICLE (2017 - 2020) - has been looking into what the public expects from automated vehicles. Researchers have gathered hundreds of survey responses – from several EU countries and Turkey – to find out more about what would make them feel safe when they do not have control, or during the transition phase when the vehicle passes control back to the driver.

Success stories relating to Turkey


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020.

European Commission

Senior Expert
DG Research and Innovation, Unit R&I 05 Horizon Europe Association

Telephone: +32 229 69615 | email: Bernhard.Fabianek@ec.europa.eu