Horizon 2020


EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation

With a budget of just under 80 billion euros, HORIZON 2020, the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, has promoted cross-border cooperation between research associations of companies, research centers, and universities from 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 was scheduled to end on December 31, 2020. The follow-up program Horizon Europe started on January 1, 2021. We have put together more information for you on our Horizon Europe page.

The program funds are used to support top-level research and to address Europe's social, economic, environmental, and industrial challenges. The aim of this strategy is to create more growth and jobs through increased innovation in products, services, and processes.

We would be happy to advise you regarding the implementation of Horizon 2020 projects. For further information, please refer to the EU Research Funding section on the RWTH intranet.

Collaborative Research

The central funding measure of Horizon 2020 is collaborative research. In such joint research projects, consortia from science and industry apply for thematic calls for proposals issued by the European Commission. There is a large number of calls, each with different priorities and different funding schemes.

European Research Council

The European Research Council promotes innovative basic and frontier research and is aimed at scientists at all career levels. The annual calls for proposals are open to all topics.

You can find further information on our European Research Council page.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions seek to boost international mobility and career development of scientists. In addition to fellowships for individual applicants, there are also schemes for international structured doctoral training.


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology, or EIT for short, aims to strengthen competitiveness and innovation and to promote sustainable economic growth in Europe.

You can find further information on our EIT KICs page.

We would be happy to advise you regarding the various opportunities for receiving EU research funding. Further information can be found on the Intranet.

Further Information

For more information on our newsletter and information sessions, please visit our Horizon Europe web page.

A complete overview of Horizon 2020 projects funded at RWTH Aachen University can be found in our project database.

Our Team
Division 4.2 – Management of Third-Party Funds / European Union Section / EU Proposals and Projects Advising
Sebastian Dornieden Telephone: +49 241 80 90497
Christof Kuhstoß Telephone: +49 241 80 92507
Vera Winter Telephone: +49 241 80 92523