Horizon 2020 Structure

Horizon 2020 focuses on three main pillars:

  • excellent science to strengthen the Union's world-class scientific excellence and make the Union research and innovation system more competitive,
  • fostering industrial leadership to speed up the development of technologies that will support businesses and innovation, including for small companies,
  • tackling societal challenges to respond to the priorities identified in the Europe 2020 strategy.

In addition, there are two horizontal programmes: 

and three smaller blocks:

Pillars of the Horizon 2020 programme


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