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Regardless if you are new to EU funding programmes or an experienced proposal writer, identifying the best suitable H2020 scheme, called instrument and/or call topic, is key to a good start for your project. In the last blog post, we presented the key concepts of the 2018-2020 Work Programme for Horizon 2020. Now, we thought it would be helpful to share a few insights on how to search it.

The last Horizon - the 2018-2020 Programme at a glance

With a total investment of €75 billion over seven years, Horizon 2020 is one of the largest research and innovation funding programmes world-wide. It was created by the European Union and is sub-sectioned under the European Commission (hereafter EC). On October 27th 2017, the last Work Programme for 2018-2020 was revealed for the European science and innovation community. It provides details into the funding strategy for the last three years of Horizon 2020 and the specific calls for project proposals which will open. For this last Work Programme the EC has allocated further investments in the size of €30 billion ear-marked for research and innovation.

What's the focus and what’s new?

The primary focus of the new H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 is to strengthen the competitiveness of the European countries in a globalized world. Evidence from past H2020 projects shows that the European research community is at the forefront - scientifically speaking. But the picture looks less colourful when it comes to translating scientific breakthroughs into jobs and economic growth within the Union. Yes. Economic growth is going to play a major role for EU funded programmes in the coming three years.

So how can you use this knowledge to navigate the H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 better? It means that priority for the next years are given to the so-called market-creating innovation. "And what does that mean?" You may ask. In essence, the term is the European Commissions - lingo for creating businesses that form a market which have never existed before. Creating game changers. Let us illustrate with an example: Remember when your history teacher told you about the invention of the railway and how it changed mobility over distance? Or when Steve Jobs handed the world the first iPhone? That's what "market-creating innovation" is all about!

Search the Work Programmes

The 2018-2020 Work Programme includes what seems to be an endless list of proposal calls (467 to be exact). However this quantity is not as chaotic as it may look like at a first glance. Calls can, with a new and improved search engine, be identified much quicker thanks to keyword topics. We recommend that you optimize your search by using generic and general terms as well as specific ones. This prevents that you only see a limited range of relevant proposals which would have been relevant to you. You can find the search engine for the H2020 Work Programmes at the EC Participant Portal here.

Let us illustrate, what we believe is the best search strategy with an example: If you search for “Power-to-gas” you would also like to search “Power” “Gas” and most likely also “Energy Conversion” or “Renewable Energy” to be sure that get all relevant proposal calls. If you experience dificulty in finding relevant calls using the topic function, we suggest that you try the "free text search". We would also like to mention here, that there are other funding programmes as well. Many are working with topics in a bottom-up fashion, where you can bring the topic of your choosing.

Do you need more information on the 2018-2020 Work Programmes or remain with questions, reach out to us for funding advice, proposal planning or have a look at our One Two Grant service. You can also simply contact us directly.

For more on how to land a successful H2020 project, take a look at our Top Tips of H2020 Proposal Writing.