Horizon 2020: new opportunities for EU funded collaborative research between Africa and Europe

October 14, 2015

On 14 October 2015, European Commission published the next Horizon 2020 calls for proposals for 2016 and 2017. The calls amount to a total of €16 billion. Horizon 2020 is a programme of the European Union (EU) for support to research that began in 2014with a budget of €77 billion over 7 years. Already some 38 projects have been funded that involve African researchers working alongside researchers from Europe and other parts of the world.

The European Commission has published the next Horizon 2020 calls for proposals for the years 2016 and 2017 for a total budget of €16 billion. One of the key features of the Horizon 2020 programme is that it is "Open to the world", meaning that almost all the calls for proposals are open to African researchers collaborating with European researchers.The new round of calls for proposals contains many targeted actions addressing issues specific to certain regions of the world, including research areas that are of particular interest to researchers in Africa.

Horizon 2020 is a programme of the European Union (EU) for support to research that began in 2014 with a budget of €77 billion over 7 years. Already some 38 projects have been funded that involve African researchers working alongside researchers from Europe and other parts of the world.

In the previous programme – FP7, which ran from 2007 to 2013 – almost 600 projects involving African researchers were funded with grants totalling almost €200 million.

Under Horizon 2020, researchers from developing countries involved in projects are eligible for full funding of all relevant costs. Grants are awarded mainly to collaborative research projects that must involve European researchers who can work with researchers from any other part of the world; these projects must respond directly to the published calls for proposals; applications can only be submitted through the "Participant Portal" web site; all projects are peer-reviewed by independent experts as a basis to select the best ones for funding.

Read the full press release here.

See a list of open calls here