About this site
This Participant Portal was established as an Internet portal for the stakeholders of the EU research and innovation programmes. It provides you a set of services to facilitate your participation in the programmes and related interactions with the Commission. You are encouraged to register yourself with the portal to benefit fully from these services.
Launch of the 1st inducement prize under Horizon 2020 02/2015
The European Commission has launched the "Horizon Prize for better use of antibiotics", the 1st inducement prize under Horizon 2020. It offers €1 million to the person or team that develops a rapid test to tell whether a patient needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. With such a test, doctors will be able to quickly know whether patients with upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold, bronchitis and otitis) can be treated safely without antibiotics. The aim is to stop overuse of antibiotics and halt the growing resistance of micro-organisms to them that causes every year 25 000 deaths and over €1.5 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses in Europe alone.
The contest is published on the Participant Portal.
Status of association of Ukraine to Horizon 2020 02/2015
The signature of the Horizon 2020 Association Agreement with Ukraine is expected for March 2015, but the Agreement will only enter into force once Ukraine has ratified it and notified the Commission.
Ukrainian entities are treated like entities from an Associated Country in all Horizon 2015 calls, including those already published, and in activities of JRC funded from 2015 budget. However, grant agreements with the Ukrainian entities will only be signed when the Association Agreement enters into force.
For further detail please see the document on the Countries Associated to Horizon 2020.
Third Horizon 2020 Coordinators' Day in Brussels - All you need to know about the preparation of your grant agreement (1/2015)
10 February 2015 - 9.30H to 17.00H - Mado Building, Brussels
What's next after you have received the message that your proposal has been successful? This event will provide all details on the preparation and signature of your grant agreement. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement. Other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. If you are not able to attend the event, you can watch one of the previous Coordinators' Days here.
New programmes start using the experts database (10/2014)
The 3rd Health Programme and the Consumer Programme, managed by the Consumer, Health and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), and the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) are now using the European Commission's experts database to select experts for assignments including the evaluation of proposals and monitoring of projects. If you are already registered as an expert and wish to also indicate your interest in these programmes, please update your profile by ticking "RFCS (Research Fund for Coal and Steel)" and/or " Third Health Programme (managed by Chafea)" ('Programme Selection' section). New experts registering can indicate their interest in working for any of the programmes listed in the 'Programme Selection' section.
Model grant agreements amended 10/2014
Amended model grant agreements were adopted by the European Commission on 1 October 2014. All beneficiaries of Horizon 2020 grants will benefit from them. For the ones having signed or in the process of signing the previous version, the Commission will initiate the amendments later. The purpose of the revisions to the model grant agreements is to correct some incoherencies and clerical mistakes and to introduce the following three more substantial changes:
- Article 20.6 "Currency for financial statements and conversion into euro" in order to allow beneficiaries with accounts in other currencies than euro to convert into euro all costs incurred independently of the currency in which they were incurred (similar to FP7 projects).
- Article 21.2 "Pre-financing payment - Amount - Amount retained for the Guarantee Fund" in order to give the possibility to the consortium to receive the pre-financing payment at an earlier date, namely 10 days prior to the starting date of the action.
- Article 38.1.2 "Information on EU funding - Obligation and right to use the EU emblem" in order to ensure more visibility of EU funding
The amended MGAs are posted on the Participant Portal "Reference Documents" page. They include an indication on the more substantial changes and a link to a version showing the full track of all changes.
Second Horizon 2020 coordinators' day on 13 October 2014 in Brussels - All you want to know about the preparation of your grant agreement.
What's next after you received the message that your proposal was successful? The event on 13 October 2014 will provide all details on the preparation and signature of your grant agreement. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement. Other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream. Be aware that this webpage will only become available at the beginning of the event.
SME Instrument: first 155 winners of grants announced 09/2014
The Commission has today published a list of the 155 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that will be first to benefit from its new €3 billion SME Instrument. 155 SMEs from 21 countries will each receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies for their projects, and they can also benefit from up to three days of business coaching. After that, their projects may be considered for further financial support from the Commission worth up to €2.5 million. For more detail, see the Commission press release.
Switzerland associated to parts of Horizon 2020 09/2014
Subject to signature and conclusion of an Agreement, Switzerland's partial association to Horizon 2020 takes effect on 15 September. The association agreement will cover limited elements of H2020. For more detail, please see Information on Swiss participation in Horizon 2020.
If your ongoing or forthcoming call is concerned, there will be also relevant call updates published on the Participant Portal.
Horizon 2020 coordinators' day on 26 September 2014 in Brussels - All you want to know about the preparation of your grant agreement.
What's next after you received the message that your proposal was successful? The event on 26 September 2014 will provide all details on the preparation and signature of your grant agreement. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement. Other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via the following website: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/events/cf/h2020-coordinators-day/register.cfm. The agenda is available there. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream. Be aware that this webpage will only become available at the beginning of the event.
The new versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes
The new versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes have been adopted this 22 July 2014. Among the modifications made are details on a pilot call for Fast track to innovation (EUR 100 million) and five innovation prizes.
With the publication of the revised Horizon 2020 work programmes on 23 July 2014
calls for proposals are presented in a new way in the categories "forthcoming", "open" and "closed". A call is categorised "forthcoming" between the date of publication of the work programme and the call opening date. A call is categorised "open" from the moment of opening the electronic submission service until the call deadline. After the call deadline, a call is categorised "closed".
Consumer Programme - first calls published 07/2014
Consumer Programme published the first calls on the Participant Portal on 18 July.
Call for expressions of interest to become candidate member of the SESAR JU 07/2014
Published on the SESAR JU web site, the call for expression of interests to become candidate member of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) is addressed to the current members, who wish to confirm their interest in SESAR Research and Innovation Programme 2020, and to any new entity who intends to become a member of the SESAR JU. For the call criteria and further information, please see the call web site (ref: SJU/LC/0110-CEI).
Five JTIs publish their first H2020 calls on the Participant Portal 07/2014
The five JTIs - BBI, Clean Sky 2, ECSEL, FCH2 and IMI2 - are publishing their first Horizon 2020 calls on the Participant Portal on 9 July 2014.
Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) are public-private partnerships involving industry, research community and public authorities to pursue common ambitious research objectives.
You find more information about the priorities and topics of their first calls under Horizon 2020 in the following pre-announcements:
- Bio-based Industries
- Clean Sky 2
- Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL)
- Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 (FCH2)
- Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2)
Webinar about the usability of the Participant Portal, LEAR appointments, H2020 grants signature (06/2014)
The Participant Portal, the central web platform for the EC research and innovation funding, is improving its user-friendliness and functions for H2020. You can learn more at the webinar on 24 June at 14-17:00 (Brussels time).
All the grant-related online exchanges of EC research and innovation funding are managed on the Participant Portal. To make the system as user-friendly as possible, the Commission seeks continuous advice from the actual users. A next meeting of an external user group is planned for 24 June 2014 afternoon in Brussels. To allow maximum participation and input from a wide audience, this meeting will be webcast with a live stream. Additionally, a web forum will be used where any interested party can post questions and comments, either directly during the meeting or afterwards. The address of the web forum is:
Important remark : to prevent spamming from robots, you will need the following password to access the web forum: forum
The link for the live video stream can be found here:
It will allow you to watch the meeting in real time. The recording of the meeting will be available shortly after the meeting at the same address.
A draft agenda is available at the web forum site.
Time: 24 June 2014 at 14:00-17:00 (Brussels time)
Meeting type: Webinar
New features on Participant Portal (PP) 06/2014
1. You have now a possibility to contact the Legal Entity Appointed Representatives (LEARs) of organisations. The organisation (PIC) search list of results has a green CO ("Contact Organisation") action button providing a contact form for submitting your question to the LEAR.
2. The list of proposals for the LEARs now includes also all Horizon 2020 proposals of the organisation, and a first version of a downloadable list (Excel) with an extended data set on their organisation's proposals. The content of this list is subject to further improvements in future releases.
3rd Health Programme - first calls published 06/2014
3rd Health Programme published the first calls on the Participant Portal.
Iceland and Norway join Horizon 2020 (05/2014)
Iceland and Norway sign up to join Horizon 2020: on 16 May the two countries became the first non-EU countries to associate to Horizon 2020, the seven-year EU research and innovation programme launched in January. The decision takes effect from the beginning of Horizon 2020 allowing these two countries' researchers and companies to participate on the same basis as their counterparts in the EU. The Commission press release.
Information on the Horizon 2020 work programmes (03/2014)
In relation to the call announcement published in the Official Journal C361 of 11 December 2013, please note that all the conditions have been met by 14/2/2014 for the three work programmes. The part 'Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens' of the 2014-2015 work programme in the framework of the Specific Programme Implementing Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is also adopted(C(2014)1720).
The latest changes to the Participant Portal (03/2014)
You will be prompted (only once) to agree to Terms and Conditions of the use of the Participant Portal when logging into the secured My Area.
LEARs can export an Excel table with extended information about their organisation's projects (under "My organisations" > "View projects" button).
New release of the Beneficiary Register tool (02/2014)
The new version of the of the Beneficiary Register tool, released on 28 February, includes a questionnaire that allows determining whether an organisation is an SME according to the EU Recommendation 2003/361/EC and thus whether it is eligible to apply for the funding of certain H2020 actions.
Information on Swiss participation in Horizon 2020 (02/2014)
More information can be found here.
First H2020 calls published on 11 December (01/2014)
The first calls for projects of the new Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework programme were published on the Participant Portal on 11 December 2013.
You can find all the calls in the section Funding opportunities: the page H2020 Calls lists all the open calls, while on the page Search Topics you can search for topics of your interest by key words or via free text search.
The Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for 2014-2015 are set out in Work Programmes that are available on the Reference Documents page.
All Calls are sub-divided into Topics: Topic pages describe the scope and expected impact of proposals for the given topic, list the eligibility conditions and evaluation criteria and other conditions, and provide access to the electronic submission system. On the Call pages you find additional documentation, such as the Work Programme, call related FAQ, support services and helpdesks, etc.
Moreover, the Search Topics page provides a quick access to topics relevant to such cross-cutting aspects as Cross-cutting Key-Enabling Technologies (KETs), Contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs), ERA-NET, Gender, International cooperation, SME Instrument, Socio-economic sciences and humanities.
Most of the 2014 calls are already open for submission, other published calls will open for submission over the course of the year on the dates indicated in the Work Programmes.
- EC memo on the Horizon 2020 first calls
- EC press release about the launch of the Horizon 2020 calls
- Horizon 2020 factsheets and presentation materials.
New Improved Participant Portal (12/2013)
The layout of the Participant Portal has been redesigned to help you find the information you need as quickly and simply as possible. The main changes are:
- Improved speed for LEARs - the full lists of your projects will be available faster than before
- New layout of calls - the section of H2020 calls will be available on 11 December
- Topics as sub-division of H2020 calls - you submit your proposals to a particular topic as compared to FP7 submission to a call
- Search topics of open calls with free keywords
- Proposal submission forms - templates in pdf format will be available on the "topic conditions" section of the H2020 call service
- New section How to participate giving the main steps for newcomers to prepare their proposal
- H2020 Online Manual - overview of all steps you need to know for the electronic management of proposals or grants
- SME participation - dedicated guidance page for SMEs
- H2020 and FP7 Reference Documents are available in the section How to Participate
- Experts' interactions with Commission services will be fully electronic: experts selected for assignments will sign their contracts electronically and submit their payment requests online.
- Beneficiary registration tool is getting ready for H2020. Under the "Research & Innovation" section, self-registrants (or LEARs when updating data) will be able to declare also the "civil society organisation" status. The FP7 Indirect Cost Method will need to be defined only when self-registering for FP7 and becomes by default not applicable for H2020.
- Access to continue an unfinished registration of an organisation is moved to the section My area -> My Organisations
H2020 call for expression for interest for experts (11/2013)
New calls for expression of interest for individual experts and for organisations to suggest experts were just published in OJ C342 of 22 November 2013. European Commission will soon need experts to evaluate first Horizon 2020 proposals. Don't forget to tick the H2020 box in the registration platform and update your expertise.