How to get EU #funding #H2020 for your research or #Innovation project?

Getting funding from EU through the Horizon 2020 program is a good opportunity for all companies within EU and EOS countries to finance research and innovation in all phases of development of new products from a concept to market introduction.

The H2020 scope covers

  • Proof of Concept
  • Prototype development
  • Testing
  • Develop a pilot
  • Upscale of downscale a solution
  • Replicate solution for different markets


  • Small and medium enterprises (SME)
  • Large enterprises
  • Public enterprises
  • Universities and research organisations

Horizon 2020 areas

Horizon 2020 is divided into 3 three pillars and 2 specific objectives corresponding to its main priorities:

  • Excellent Science
  • Industrial Leadership
  • Societal Challenges
  • Specific objective 'Spreading excellence & widening participation'
  • Specific objective 'Science with and for society

Call and Topics

Some open calls are continuously open with cut-off dates and some are organized as  "Stage 1" and "Stage 2". This is common for the SME calls, like phase 1 for feasibility study and phase 2 for an innovation project.

Phase 1

Approved proposals will get a lump sum of EUR 50,000. Projects are expected to last around 6 months.

Phase 2

A phase 2 proposal should focus on an innovation project according to the scope above. The goal is to get from idea to market and the project may also include research. Guidelines for approved proposals for phase 2 are in the range of EUR 0.5M to 2.5M. Proposals are allowed to ask for different amounts though. Projects are expected to last between 12-24 months. 

Note: Only research activities / projects and non-profit can get 100% funding for an SME phase 2 innovation projects you get 70% of requested amount.

How to find H2020 Calls for Proposals

Use the search and filter page at Calls for Proposals

H2020 Online Manual

The Online Manual is located here

This is a good place for all your online activities, when you begin (after having done research on what call and topic you should apply for), pay attention to some prerequisites, you need an online ECAS account registration, Company registration and do the Financial viability self-check


You need to register for an ECAS account before you can start using the proposal services.

Company Registration

You can register your company here

Once company registration is complete you will receive a 9-digit Participant Identification Code (PIC) to use for projects  participation.

Financial Viability Self-check

"The Commission always checks the financial viability of a project coordinator when the requested EU funding for the action is equal or superior to EUR 500,000 unless the coordinator is:

  • a public body
  • a higher or secondary education establishment
  • an international organisation or body whose participation is guaranteed by the government of an EU country or associated country, in accordance with the Grants Manual section on legal entity validation and the H2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement.
  • a private individual in receipt of a scholarship"

You can do the self-check here.

For more details, see the manual.

H2020 - Expert Registration

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Thomas Lidforss

Senior Business Advisor & International Business Development Projects

I have a MSEE with MBA in Business and Product Planning. 15 years of experience in complex international projects, consultative business advisor activities in the IT and Telecom industry. Have worked with small (VC funded startups) and large businesses (B2B). Interacted with customers on top levels and project level among vendors and service providers. Managed in a program/multi-project environment. Good at finding cost-effective and sustainable IT solutions for the customer, both through sourcing / procurement and selection of alternative technology.