Work with ECN on European projects in the Horizon 2020 programme!

Horizon 2020 is the successor to the Seventh Framework Programme, in which ECN undertook a large number of projects. It is the biggest ever EU research and innovation programme, with almost €80 billion of funding in the 2014-2020 period. Companies, organizations and educational institutes can work with ECN on projects in the Horizon 2020 programme. Read on to find out about the opportunities.

What is the objective of Horizon 2020?

The European research programmes offer a platform for cooperation between large companies, SMEs and expert institutes. The objective is to strengthen the European economy through innovation, solve a number of pressing social problems and jointly tackle challenges in this area.

What is ECN’s role as a partner in Horizon 2020?

One of the challenges is to provide Europe with safe, clean and efficient energy. More than any previous European research programme, Horizon 2020 is thus focused on bringing innovations in this area to the market more quickly. ECN is committed to achieving this with its partners, and can play a major role in this area for three reasons:

  • ECN has significant content expertise and is rated highly by expert institutes and businesses worldwide. ECN can draw on valuable knowledge in a number of specific focus areas in this field.

  • ECN is familiar with the European context and has great experience in the area of EU proposals. ECN’s partners can also provide help, for example in the form of expert support with EU subsidies. What’s more, ECN has its own office in Brussels, which gives it fast and direct access to information on developments relating to new subsidy programmes and tenders.

  • ECN has a great deal of experience in the coordination of large projects. For example, ECN has a much higher success rate in the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) than the Dutch average (Source:

Would you like to join ECN in participating in Horizon 2020?

ECN is always looking for new partners with whom we can work on the Horizon 2020 programme. For example, these might include:

  • SMEs looking for a technology partner and/or financing in order to innovate in the area of sustainable energy.
  • Universities or research organizations that want to take their ideas in the area of sustainable energy to the next level. 

Want to find out more?

Are you looking for a good, reliable and innovative partner in order to undertake joint projects? If so, please contact us. We can then look together at the potential opportunities for cooperating on a Horizon 2020 project.

More information

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