Horizon 2020 is the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, lasting from 2014 to 2020.

With a dedicated budget of €70.2 billion, it is designed to implement the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative. Horizon 2020 aims to support research and innovation and secure Europe’s global competitiveness by targeting three key objectives:

  • Excellent Science
  • Competitive Industries
  • Tackling Societal Challenges

The funding mechanism in Horizon 2020 is based on the principle of co-financing. The European Commission allocates grants to specific projects, thus contributing to a defined percentage to the total costs.

Implemented in the framework of Horizon 2020, and with a dedicated budget of € 750 million, the European Green Vehicles Initiative PPP will contribute to meeting these objectives. More specifically, it directly addresses one of the Societal Challenges identified as key objective up to 2020: the development of smart, green and integrated transport.

Consult the Horizon 2020 website for more information about the EU Framework Programme.

Several EU funding schemes are in place to support trans-national cooperation among interested stakeholders. Details about funding mechanisms can be found on the Horizon 2020 website.


The research projects are carried out by consortia with participants from different countries.

The size, scope and internal organisation of projects can vary from one topic to another. Projects can range from small or medium-scale focused research actions to large-scale integrating projects for achieving a defined objective.

There are two types of collaborative projects:

  • Research and Innovation Actions – 100% funding
  • Innovation Action – 70% funding


The activities aimed at coordinating or supporting research activities and policies (networking, exchanges, trans-national access to research infrastructures, studies, conferences, etc.).