The EU framework programme Horizon 2020 is the largest research and innovation programme globally with a budget of appr. 70 billion euro for the years 2014-2020. Norway participates fully as an associated country. Horizon 2020 is designed along three main pillars:
Excellent science with the European Research Council (ERC), The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and support for Research Infrastructures.
Industrial Leadership. Here you find key enabling technologies such as ICT, nano-, bio- and space technologies, production processes and advanced materials, financial instruments for risk capital, and innovation in SMEs.
Societal Challenges is the third pillar of H2020, where support for research within seven big societal challenges is found.
Objectives for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions 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.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions 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.