Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest programme for research and innovation and has a budget of nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

Horizon 2020 is composed of the following parts:

1. Excellent Science

2. Industrial Leadership

3. Societal Challenges

Health research funding is provided under the Societal Challenge 'Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing.

The 2020 Health Call for Horizon 2020 is now open!

 The Work Programme for 2020 is published, and there is around €780 million available in funding. This is your final opportunity to apply for funding in Horizon 2020!


Please contact your NCPs, kdugganwalls@hrb.ie & martha.cahill@enterprise-ireland.com for information on the 2020 Work Programme. Calls are now open and here is a link to the Work Programme


Deadlines: 1st stage of 2 stage calls closed on 24th September 2019. Single stage calls close on 4th and 18th June 2020. Reacting to the Covid-19 crisis, deadlines for calls under Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1 (Health section) are extended by an initial two months, to allow medical professionals to focus on their fight against the Coronavirus and to leave more time for preparing their applications.

The final year work Programme includes some 34 Call topics, across 3 main areas.

1. Better health and care economic growth and sustainable health systems - biggest focus with 5 specific priorities in personalised medicine, Innovative health and care industry, Infectious diseases and global health, Integration of care, and the environment/ climate change. 

2. Digital transformation in health and care

3. Trusted Digital solutions and Cyber security in health and care

Open calls are available at the Horizon 2020 participants portal link. 


Further information

An information event on the 2020 funding opportunities of the Health, demographic change and wellbeing societal challenge was held in Brussels on 3 July 2019. A link to the webstreaming can be found here.


Webinar: A link to the recording of a webinar on the health calls for the final year of Horizon 2020 is available here.


Help and support

The HRB provides a National Contact Point (NCP) for health, Kay Duggan-Walls, who offers hands-on support and advice to researchers submitting proposals to Horizon 2020. You can contact Kay if you have any queries related to Horizon 2020 or if you wish to be added to our mailing list.

The HRB also hosts the National Delegate (ND) for health, Dr Patricia Clarke. The role of the ND is to represent Irish views on the content of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme at the European Commission Health Programme Committee in Brussels. The ND and the NCP work closely together to identify and to facilitate strategic opportunities for Irish involvement and influence work programmes as they evolve.

The NCP and ND roles are part of the National Support Network (NSN) directed by Garrett Murray, Enterprise Ireland (EI), which was set up to ensure a coordinated approach to maximise Irish participation in Horizon 2020.

Kay Duggan-Walls
t 01 2345187
e kdugganwalls(at)hrb.ie