Other Components of EU Research Funding

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), set up in 2008, has now been integrated into Horizon 2020. It aims to strengthen the innovation capacity of the EU and its member states, and to help turn knowledge into innovation and to integrate all three sides of so-called Knowledge Triangle (higher education, research and business) at EU level, by way of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

There are three existing KICs (Climate KIC, ICT Labs and InnoEnergy), with calls for five more planned for 2014, 2016 and 2018, in the areas of healthy living, raw materials, food security, manufacturing and urban mobility.

You can learn more information from UKRO factsheets.

Science with and for Society

The Science with and for Society programme aims to strengthen cooperation between science and society by making science more attractive for the society, and boosting society's interest for science and innovation. There are four main spheres of activities:

  • Making science education and careers attractive to young people
  • Promoting gender equality in research and innovation
  • Integrating society in science and innovation
  • Developing governance to advance RRI

You can learn more about 'Science with and for Society', its features and actions, from UKRO factsheets.

Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

The Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation programme focuses to close the research and innovation divide in European region and unlock excellence in low performing regions:

  • Teaming
  • Twinning
  • ERA Chairs

You can learn more details of calls in each of the measures from UKRO factsheets.


Euratom is a complementary research programme for nuclear research and training with an emphasis on continually improving nuclear safety and radiation protection, and contributing to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system in a safe, efficient and secure way. The Programme runs for five years, from 2014 to 2018, and reinforces outcomes under the three priorities of Horizon 2020: Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges.

You can learn more information from UKRO factsheets.

Cross-cutting Issues

Particular issues like 'international cooperation', ICT-related activities and  'role of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH)' come across all three Pillars of Horizon 2020, but haven't been categorized into any of them.

More information is available in UKRO factsheets on international cooperation, and the European Commission issued a guide to ICT-related activities in Horizon 2020.


Published Dec. 17, 2014 9:48 AM - Last modified Nov. 10, 2017 1:58 PM