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Various EU R&D Funding

02 March 2014
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Ibec Guide to R&D Funding

Unlocking the Opportunities, compiled by Ibec is a one-stop shop, easy to use guide to R&D funding in Ireland

Horizon2020 - EU
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.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe's leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU's blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.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.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly - and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

Details at

Enterprise Ireland Horizon2020

Enterprise Ireland as the national co-ordinator for Ireland have a dedicated website with a substantial amount of pertinent information. They have considerable expertise and assistance available for everybody interested in H2020.

Details at


Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

It is a European exchange programme aimed at helping new entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for managing an SME by spending time working in another EU country with an experienced entrepreneur.

  • Offers new entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from an experienced entrepreneur who is running a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in another EU country;
  • Enables the exchange of experience between new and experienced entrepreneurs;
  • Facilitates access to new markets and the search for potential business partners;
  • Enhances networking between business people and SMEs;
  • Allows experienced entrepreneurs to develop new commercial relations and find out more about opportunities in another EU country.

For further details: Erasmus