Increasing European lighting resources and competitiveness



Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting.

Work Programme 2018 – 2020

A novelty in this work programme are the four mutually reinforcing Focus Areas that cut across the programme boundaries and are aligned to major policy priorities: Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future’ (LC); ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy’ (CE)Digitising and transforming European industry and services‘ (DT); and Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union‘ (SU). Together these Focus Areas give a combined budget of over €7 billion (2018-2020). An overview of the new funding opportunities is provided in the introduction to the work programme 2018-2020 and accessible through dedicated search functions on the Participant Portal. In addition, a dedicated section brings together a spectrum of activities on next generation battery technologies to drive the transition towards a de-carbonised society.

This is the last work programme for Horizon 2020 and it puts in place a bridge to enable a smooth transition to any successor. This includes piloting new approaches, in particular the European Innovation Council pilot and lump sum pilot.

More information about H2020 funding opportunities as well as on open and forthcoming last Calls for proposals are available on the new Funding & Tenders Portal




The IoT4Industry project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoTand related components (Digital Security, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence…) into manufacturing tools, machines and robots, through the cross-border collaboration between SMEs and other RDI actors of the ICT and advanced manufacturing sectors.

The project will launch specific Calls for collaboration for Innovation Vouchers addressed to manufacturing SMEs in order to enable their access to IoT technologies and to accelerate the access to the market to new products and services provided by technology SMEs.

The IoT4Industry funding will be allocated through 2 calls for projects:

  • The first call is already open and will close on December 20, 2018.
  • The second call will be open between March 10, 2019 and June 10, 2019.

These two calls are focused on the application of IoT technologies in the manufacturing environment. They will finance small and market-oriented projects involving SMEs, consisting of the integration and the use of IoT technologies (including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Security) into machines, robots, manufacturing tools, industrial processes, and factories environments.

Projects shall gather at least one entity representing the “IoT” side (technology offer) AND another entity representing the industry side (demand) which could be a machine or tool manufacturer or a factory, as shown in the figure below. At least one of these entities shall be a European SME.

Considering the available funding types for SMEs, depending on the type of collaborative project proposal of applicants, the IoT4Industry project can provide 3 different types of innovation vouchers:

Feasibility study Prototyping Demonstration / pilot
TRL of envisaged project 5-6 7-8 8+
Maximum amount granted per beneficiary (SME) 25 000 € 45 000 € 60 000 €
Maximum Lump sum per project type 50 000 € 90 000 € 120 000 €
Funding rate Lump sum
Time frame Up to 6 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months

For more specific information, please visit the IoT4Industry website: and the IoT4Industry CALL platform