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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


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

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.

Find out more

The EU Voucher

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

Find out more

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    Stephen Rice
    Co-Founder and CEO - Upskill Enterprise

    When myself and my co-founder started Upskill Enterprise, it was a no-brainer we wanted to get involved in Horizon 2020 following previous wins. As a cash strapped SME we wanted to give ourselves the best opportunity to succeed and to meet our partners. With the Cross-Border Collaboration Voucher, we were able to make several trips to Dublin to meet with consortium partners in Trinity College, Maynooth University and Future Analytics which went on to be a winning proposal in 2016. With InterTradeIreland's support we have since built lasting relationships and used the cross-border voucher for many other bids.

  • Profile of Stephen Rice in suit and tie
    Stephen Rice
    Co-Founder and CEO - Upskill Enterprise

    International working is at the heart of what we do at Upskill Enterprise. With support from the European Travel Vouchers, we have been able to engage with stakeholders at the European Level where we would not have been able to afford this alone. Being able to meet with H2020 consortium partners face to face in Finland, Denmark, Italy, Amsterdam and Hungary has made us stand out and be recognised as trusted partners. We have since participated in over 20 proposals, lobbied directly with the European Commission and have generated other work from the connections made.


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.

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Horizon 2020 Enquiries

Grainne Lennon will handle your enquiry. You can get in touch directly by email, by phone 028 3083 4135 (048 from Ireland) or by using the form below.

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