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What is Horizon 2020?

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                                                                         What is a Work Programme (WP) ?

Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting.

The work programmes 2016 - 2017 are currently under preparation, information about it, will be available from October 2015.


The SPACE work programme and and the SPACE related topics under others H2020 WPs

Horizon 2020 includes different work programmes related to different research environments. The purpose of this page is to underline how topics involved in specific sectors, distinct from the Space one, could be connected to the Space Environment, through new technologies regarding communication (ICT), new materials (Nanotechnologies), Transports, Energy Innovations, etc.etc.


The European Commission has published the draft versions of the “H2020 Work Programmes 2016-2017”, 

All the information are available through the following link:

 Below, the presentation of all the Work Programmes related to Horizon 2020, with a short description for each area and its main aims.




Work programme - "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies Space" 2016/2017


Space research is supported in Horizon 2020 under the priority "Industrial Leadership", in line with the main objective and challenge to ensure that that space will remain accessible to Europe and safe to operate in the long run. Main calls:

  • Applications in Satellite Navigation – Galileo
  • Earth Observation – Copernicus
  • Protection of European Assets in and from Space (Space Weather, Space Debris and Near Earth Objects)
  • Competitiveness of the European Space Sector (Space Technology, Space Exploration and Science, International Cooperation, Outreach and Communication)
    SME Instruments and Fast Track to Innovation

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Work programme - "ICT, Information and Communication Technologies" 2016/2017

Digital technologies underpin innovation and competitiveness across a broad range of market sectors. The topics addressed in this Work Programme part cover the ICT technology in a comprehensive way, from key enabling technologies to networking technologies, robotics, content and information management technologies. Main calls:

  • Information and Communication Technologies Call (Including robotics, cloud computing, future internet, etc.etc.)
  • EU-Japan Joint Call                                
  • EU-Brazil Joint Call
  • EU-South Korea Joint Call
  • ICT for the Factories of the Future
  • Internet of Things
  • Digital Security Focus Area




Work programme - "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials" 2016/2017

The objective of the Societal Challenge 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' is to achieve a resource – and water – efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems. Main calls:





Work programme - "Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens" 2016/2017

The target of the Societal Challenge societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens, is to develop tools in order to guarantee the maximum of security, privacy and freedom in different fields involved in the European Community. Main calls:

  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Security
  • Digital security




Work programme - "Secure clean and efficient energy"2016/2017

The European Energy Union, as set out in the recent framework strategy, calls for increased energy security, solidarity and trust, a fully integrated European energy market, improved energy efficiency contributing to the moderation of demand, a decarbonisation of the economy as well as increased efforts as regards research, innovation and competitiveness. Main calls:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Competitive law-carbon energy
  • Smart cities and communities




Work programme - "Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing" 2016/2017

The Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing LEIT, aims at the development of nanotechnologies in all its aspects, involving advanced materials, eco design, biotechnology etc. etc. Main calls:

  • Energy efficient buildings
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Advanced materials
  • Biotechnology



Work programme - "Smart, green and integrated transport" 2016/2017

The Transport Challenge ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’ is aimed at achieving a European transport system that is resilient, resource-efficient, climate- and environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society. Main calls:

  • Mobility for growth (aviation, waterborne, urban mobility, etc.etc)
  • Automated road transport
  • European green vehicles initiative



Work Programme - “Health, demographic change and wellbeing” 2016/2017

The headline goal of the 'Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing' Societal Challenge is better health for all. Its main policy objectives are to improve health and well-being outcomes, to promote healthy and active ageing, to promote market growth, job creation. Main calls:

  • Understanding health, well-being and disease
  • Preventing disease
  • Treating and managing diseases
  • Active ageing and self-management of health
  • Methods and data
  • Health care provision and integrated care



Work Programme - “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy” 2016/2017

The goal of this societal challenge is to set economy on a sustainable growth path, through bio-resources in different bio economy and blue conomy sectors. Europe has to transform challenges into real actions, bringing together the nexus among the primary sector, nutrition and health, and the nexus among food, water and energy. Many of the challenges are of global nature, requiring global solutions in cooperation with important international cooperation partners.

  • Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chains (Environment-smart and climate-smart primary production, A competitive food industry, Healthy and safe foods and diets for all, ..)
  • Blue Growth - Demonstrating an ocean of opportunities (Innovation for emerging Blue Growth activities, Healthy oceans and seas for healthy people, Strengthening the European ocean observing, surveying and monitoring capability)
  • Rural Renaissance - Fostering innovation and business opportunities (New approaches towards policies and governance, New value chains and business models, Innovation and skill development)
  • Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services - Supporting the development of a European Bioeconomy




Work Programme - 2016/2017 “ Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies”

Beyond the need to find new sources of growth and employment, the need to deliver quality public services and renew the legitimacy of public policy-making across Europe put additional strain on governments. Shaping more inclusive, innovative and reflective societies that empower and protect all citizens in Europe and can help to enhance the EU's capacity to tackle regional and global geopolitical changes. There is the need to develop a long-term vision and pathways to support policymakers, public and private actors.

  • CO-creation for growth and inclusion
  • Reversing inequalities and promoting fairness
  • Engaging together globally
  • Understanding Europe promoting the European public and cultural space





 Other H2020 opportunities: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) 


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) ensure excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers, to better prepare them for current and future societal challenges.

MSCA  are open to all domains of research and innovation addressed under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, from basic research up to market take-up and innovation services. Research and innovation fields as well as sectors are chosen freely by the applicants in a fully bottom-up manner.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are open to researchers and innovation staff at all stages of their career, as well as to universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, and other socio-economic actors from all countries, including third countries under the conditions defined in Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation and in part A of the General Annexes to the Work Programme. 



Templates & forms 


Work Programmes

closed since 19 Oct 2015
Registration 5 Jun – 19 Oct
Meeting Selection 4 Oct – 16 Oct
Event 21 Oct – 23 Oct
Language English
Costs Free of charge
Venue Italian Space Agency
Bilateral Meetings
Participants 187
Meetings 320
Argentina 3
Belgium 5
Brazil 1
Cameroon 1
Canada 5
China 2
Czech Republic 1
Denmark 1
Finland 3
France 8
Germany 15
Greece 2
Ireland 1
Italy 347
Lithuania 2
Malta 3
Mexico 6
Netherlands 4
Portugal 3
Russia 2
Serbia 1
South Africa 12
Spain 7
Sweden 1
Switzerland 1
Turkey 5
United Kingdom 4
United States of America 1
Total 447
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