On 25 July the European Commission confirmed the calls and other actions of the second year of the two-year work programmes of Horizon 2020 setting out funding opportunities for 2017. With a € 8.5 billion budget the 2016-17 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon2020 to date, but the current update introduces important novelties.

The main aim remains to contribute to the Jobs, Growth and Investment Package helping to strengthen Europe’s global competitiveness through innovation to create new and sustainable jobs and promote growth.

The first novelty consists in extending the application of the current Open Research Data Pilot – that aims to make the research data generated by selected Horizon2020 projects accessible with as few restrictions as possible – and make it the default setting. A further new element is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs), detailing what data a project will generate, whether and how it will be made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

In the field of job, economic growth and investments a consistent part of the total funding will go to innovative SMEs and to support research and innovation. The Public-Private Partnership (PPPs) instrument will be implemented in sector such as innovative medicine, fuel cells and hydrogen, electronics, aeronautics and bio-based industries.

Other funds will be used to improve the position of the European Union in areas such as migration, justice and fundamental rights launching initiatives on migration, fight against crime and terrorism and international cooperation.

In the field of energy and climate changes other funds will support researches and initiatives focused on the topic of water (“Closing the water gap”), the development of a new generation of cells, their integration in competitive batteries and innovative energy storage systems. Are also relevant the projects linked to the themes of food security, nutrition and sustainable using of food sources.

The Work Programme will contribute to maintaining and reinforcing the internal market through the calls on Circular Economy, personalized medicine and calls focused on strengthening transport’s role between Member States.

At the end there are also different initiatives in digital and ICT field aimed at supporting Europe’s position in key areas such as electronics, computing, networking and to boost researches in the fields of digital security and automated road transport.

  CALLS 2017
European Research Council 4 1767.00
Future and Emerging Technologies 3 162.80
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions 5 840.20

European research infrastructures

(including eInfrastructures)

5 291.00
Information and Communication Technologies 2 633.50
Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Production 2 313.75
Space 3 98.50
Access to risk finance Financial instruments 397.50
Innovation in SMEs 2 463.41
Health, demographic change and wellbeing 2 331.76
Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy 4 416.44
Secure, clean and efficient energy 2 526.89
Smart, green and integrated transport 3 409.70
Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials 1 223.60
Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies 4 126.05
Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens 3 206.15
Spreading excellence and widening participation 1 111.38
Science with and for society 1 55.05
Cross-cutting activities (Focus Areas) 3 475.45


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H2020 Work Programme 2016-17

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