If you would like to participate in a Horizon 2020 project, there are many sources of help and support, which we have collated below to help you take the next steps.

Photo: VA (Public & Science), Researchers’ Night 2015 Scilifelab.

Our advocacy platform

Those of us involved in the advocacy platform are happy to provide you with expertise and contacts in fields of SwafS and RRI. You are welcome to contact the project team.


Vinnova, which is the Swedish National Contact Point (NCP) for Horizon 2020, has a lot of information on its website (in Swedish):

Vinnova regularly organises information meetings on different parts of Horizon 2020, as well as on various practical and legal aspects, which you need to consider when preparing an application.

The contact team for the SwafS programme can be found here. You can find all the Swedish NCPs here.

The NCPs usually work together with their counterparts in other European countries as part of a European network. Some of them can also assist with a partner search i.e. they can distribute information to their networks about your organisation and your interest in a specific call. The European network of NCPs for SwafS is SiS.net.

Information and support for specific stakeholders

  • Do you work at a university?
    At each university, you’ll find EU officers based within a special department called a Grants Office (research service, innovation office or equivalent), who specialise in helping researchers with applications to Horizon 2020. Officers, who work with EU funding, are part of a network, which you can contact via a member our platform, Rangnar Nilsson, a research advisor at the University of Gothenburg. She will forward your enquiry.
  • Do you work for a company? EUSMESupport2020 is a support office for small and medium-sized businesses, which provides free advice on EU funding. Other support offices for businesses can be found here.
  • Do you work in civil society?
    The French organisation Fondation Science Citoyennes has put together a guide specifically aimed at civil society organisations. It contains lots of useful information, which others will find useful too.

European Commission

The European Commission has a Helpdesk/Research Enquiry Service for Horizon 2020 where you can seek advice. There is also a online guide.

In Brussels

Vinnova and the Swedish Research Council have a Brussels office, which can assist you from Sweden as well as Brussels.

Brokerage events are regularly run in Brussels, which you can register to attend and meet others who are interested in forming a project consortium for a funding application. For the SwafS programme, the European network of NCP’s, SiS.net, organises these events once a year. Read more here.

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