Horizon 2020 is the largest research and innovation programme in the world with a total budget of around 80 billion Euros for the entire programme period 2014–2020. The programme is managed by the European Commission and funding is allocated to different research, innovation and or collaborative projects through a competitive process.


European research and innovation collaborations are supported by the European Union through multi-annual framework programmes. In 2014, the 7th framework programme was replaced by Horizon 2020, running from 2014-2020. The objective of Horizon 2020 is to turn scientific breakthroughs into innovative products and services that can lead to new business opportunities, jobs, and that can improve people’s lives.

The European Commission has a collated some introductory material about Horizon 2020 here.

In Sweden, Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, together with the Swedish Research Council are the national contact agencies for Horizon 2020. The information on Horizon 2020 at Vinnova’s website (in Swedish) is a good starting point if you would like to find out more. A thorough guide to the program is available on the European Commission’s website.

  • Horizon 2020 – the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (in Swedish).

Swedish participation in Horizon 2020

Each year Vinnova compiles an annual report on Swedish participation in European programmes for research and innovation. In early 2015, the first year book on Swedish participation in Horizon 2020 was published. The latest statistics and information on Swedish participation is available in the Årsbok 2016 (in Swedish).

Read more about how you can apply for EU funding here.