Horizon 2020

Are you a Researcher or SME looking to grow & internationalise?

InterTradeIreland is helping companies and researchers from Ireland and Northern Ireland to collaborate in Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s 7 year, €80billion, Research and Innovation programme designed to boost jobs and growth across Europe.

The programme aims to do this by engaging industry so scientific ideas can be turned into viable products and services.  As a result, the European Commission are encouraging participation from highly-innovative SMEs with a strong ambition to grow and internationalise, regardless of whether they are high-tech and research-driven or non-research conducting, social or services companies.

Funding provided by Horizon 2020 is easier to access thanks to simpler, streamlined programmes, a single set of rules and less red tape. For more information visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm


UK’s exit from the EU

UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in and lead projects in Horizon 2020 as if the UK remained a Member State, even now the UK has left the EU.

The Withdrawal Agreement states that the UK can participate in EU Programmes financed by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure. Horizon 2020 is a Programme funded under the current MFF.

UK recipients will receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual projects, including projects finishing after the transition period ends in 2020.

A very limited number of UK Horizon 2020 projects, which involve access to security-related sensitive information restricted for EU Member States, may be unable to continue after EU Exit in their current form. The government expects the European Commission to inform participants if this is the case. To account for this, the government and UKRI, has established a ‘Continuation Process’. This will provide funding to UK beneficiaries if their Horizon 2020 grant is terminated by the European Commission due to EU Exit.

For more information from UKRI go to https://www.ukri.org/research/international/ukri-eu-exit/

Travel Vouchers

InterTradeIreland’s Horizon 2020 travel schemes support those working on a cross-border basis in Horizon 2020 to travel both on the island and across the EU.

The Cross-Border Collaboration Voucher

Offers up to £500 to early-stage partnerships travelling across Ireland and Northern Ireland to scope out potential project ideas. We can even help identify potential partners for you.



The EU Voucher

Offers up to £350 per cross-border partner travelling to Horizon 2020 related events, consortium meetings or EU Commission brokerage events.



Thinking of applying for H2020 funding? Find out more about the application process by watching the videos below, where project co-ordinators share their experience.

Guide to Horizon 2020

The InterTradeIreland Guide to Horizon 2020 is a useful desktop resource aimed at all Horizon 2020 participants on the island.

The Guide offers up to date information on the Horizon 2020 programme and outlines the benefits of co-operation as well as providing sign-posting to the contact points for Horizon 2020 in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

PDF, 2 MB, 23rd March 2018

Horizon 2020 Enquiries

The InterTradeIreland enquiry and advice service can help you find cross-border partners for Horizon 2020 and connect with the relevant National Contact Point or Northern Ireland Contact Point for your area. Enquiry forms are available on request by email.

Grainne Lennon will handle your enquiry. You can get in touch directly by email Grainne.Lennon@InterTradeIreland.com or by using the form below.

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