Horizon 2020 – Work Programme for 2019

The latest update on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2019– under the 2018-2020 Work Programme, which is the third and final Work Programme for Horizon 2020 – went live on 25thJuly 2018.


The update to the 2018-2020 Work Programme, to which a total of €30 billion has been allocated for Research and Innovation, includes an evaluation of the Work Programme for 2018 so far and underlines the 5 key priorities of the Programme for the next year. The update comprises 20 sections, with the last one on Cross-cutting activities being a new addition.


In the updated introduction for the 2018-2020 Work Programme period, it is stated that as of 1 June 2018 over 173 000 eligible proposals have been submitted and more than 18 800 contracts have been signed.


The update further mentions that it has incorporated the results of the “Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020” for which the Programme also consulted public stakeholders, receiving around 3500 replies and over 300 position papers. Overall, the conclusion of the evaluation was that Horizon 2020 is a successful, well-performing and attractive programme.


This latest version also outlines the successes and challenges of the Work Programme. More precisely, the programme is particularly well-received amongst the applicants and participants who seem to enjoy the challenge-based approach. For that reason, it has been decided to extend that approach even further, with big high impact calls and broader topics, each supporting a balanced portfolio of projects. Market-creating innovation, one of the 5 key priorities of the programme, will be receiving special attention.


A major challenge which has been identified is the improvement of success rates. While the Programme will keep funding and supporting excellent proposals, a reasonable chance of success will have to be demonstrated. In order to achieve this, one of the remedies will be the further targeted use of two-state calls. A second major challenge is the persistent divide in R&I performance between member-states or between different regions of a member-state. The programme aims to address this challenge with measures that reinforce and complement action is the widening part of Horizon 2020 and promote synergies with ESIF, particularly in relation to smart specialisation.


The top 5 priorities for this Work Programme are:

  1. Increased investment in sustainable development and climate related R&I;
  2. Integrating digitalisation in all industrial technologies and societal changes;
  3. Strengthening international R&I cooperation;
  4. Societal change;
  5. Market-creating innovation.


Meanwhile, the Commission has already published its proposal of €100 million for research and innovation for the successor programme, Horizon Europe. It was made as part of the proposals for the EU’s next multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021-2028. As with the latest Horizon 2020 update, the Commission took into account for the formulation of its proposal the results of the Evaluation of Horizon 2020, foresight scenarios from the BOHEMIAstudy, its own analysis to set out the economic rationale for public R&I investment and their impact on growth and jobs, as well as various other reports and public input. Commissioner Moedas presented Horizon Europe at ESOF 2018, which took place from 9 to 14 July 2018 in Toulouse.


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