Horizon 2020 Excellent Science Overview


The Excellent Science pillar has main four specific objectives:

  1. The European Research Council (ERC) will provide attractive and flexible funding to enable talented and creative individual researchers and their teams to pursue the most promising avenues at the frontier of science, on the basis of Union-wide competition.
  2. Future and emerging technologies will support collaborative research in order to extend Europe’s capacity for advanced and paradigm-changing innovation. They will foster scientific collaboration across disciplines on radically new, high-risk ideas and accelerate development of the most promising emerging areas of science and technology as well as the Union-wide structuring of the corresponding scientific communities.
  3. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will provide excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers to best prepare them to face current and future societal challenges.
  4. Research infrastructure (including e-infrastructures) will develop European research infrastructure for 2020 and beyond, foster their innovation potential and human capital, and complement this with the related Union policy and international cooperation.

Together, these objectives form a powerful and balanced set of activities which, in concert with activities at national and regional levels, span the breadth of Europe’s needs regarding advanced science and technology. Bringing them together in a single programme will enable them to operate with greater coherence, in a rationalised, simplified and more focused way, while maintaining the continuity that is vital to sustain their effectiveness.

The activities are inherently forward-looking, building skills in the long term, focusing on the next generation of science, technology, researchers and innovations and providing support for emerging talent from across the whole of the Union and associated countries, as well as worldwide. In view of their science-driven nature and largely ‘bottom-up’, investigator-driven funding arrangements, the European scientific community will play a strong role in determining the avenues of research followed under the programme.

Country UK Profile and Featured Projects

Upcoming Calls

Topic: ERC-2016-ADG: ERC Advanced Grant

Publication date: 24 May 2016

Deadline: 01 September 2016 17:00

Cut-off dates: 16 February 2016 17:00, 26 May 2016 17:00, 04 October 2016 17:00


Topic: FETOPEN-01-2016-2017: FET-Open research and innovation actions

Publication date: 14 October 2015

Cut-off dates: 11 May 2016 17:00, 17 January 2017 17:00, 27 September 2017 17:00


Topic: FETPROACT-02-2017: FET ERANET Co-fund

Publication date: 14 October 2015

Deadline: 24 January 2017 17:00


Topic: ERC-POC Proof of Concept Grant   

Cut-off date  04 October 2016 17:00

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