History of Horizon 2020

The European Commission has compiled all the feedback from stakeholders, and has taken into account recommendations from the European Parliament, as well as lessons learned from previous programmes. The message was clear – make Horizon 2020 simpler for users – and it is!

Horizon 2020 Timeline

  • Preparatory work in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (EP) (September/October 2013)
  • Vote on the Multiannual Financial Framework in the EP Plenary (September/October 2013)
  • Vote on Horizon 2020 in the EP Plenary (October/November 2013)
  • Adoption by the Council (November/December 2013)
  • Adoption of Work Programme and publication of the first calls for proposals (11 December 2013)
  • 2014: Horizon 2020 starts

Note: Horizon 2020 has been adopted using the ordinary legislative procedure.


Video testimonials (2014)

Short videos in which researchers, MEPs, regional representatives, and members of the general public and industry talk about their concerns for the future and other topics: Your views, your future, your Europe!


Past programme (FP7)

Research and Innovation funding 2007 - 2013


In 2011 the EU Heads of State and Government called on the European Commission to bring together all of the previous EU's research and innovation funding under a single common strategic framework. The Commission launched a wide-ranging consultation involving all key stakeholders which has led to Horizon 2020.