Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme that runs from 2014 to 2020. The activities outlined here do not directly involve the AHRC but are provided to highlight other potential funding opportunities.


  • Societal Challenges
    Societal Challenges are the thematic areas of Horizon 2020. Most opportunities are under ‘Europe in a Changing World’; however, social science and humanities are being embedded across all challenges. More information regarding 'Funding Opportunities in Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenges for Indian Participation' can be found here.
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
    ‘Bottom up’ funding for training and mobility activities across all subject areas including arts and humanities. A range of schemes on offer including those aimed at individuals and schemes where universities apply.
  • COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology
    Large scale international network funding – it includes all research domains including arts and humanities research
  • ERC – European Research Council
    Frontier research across all disciplines with no thematic focus

Further information and support

The European Commission’s website provides comprehensive information on all opportunities. The UK also have a Horizon 2020 Website

The vast majority of UK universities are members of the UK Research Office (UKRO) which provides advice and support for European Funding. In addition the UK government funds National Contact Points (NCPs) to help researchers and staff at UK Universities to apply for funding. All of the UK NCPs are on the UK Horizon2020 website, they are all based at a specific organisation but they support all potential applicants to their relevant parts of the Horizon 2020 programme.