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This 2019 Horizon Transport info day will take place on Monday, 7 October 2019 from 09:30 to 15:00 CET in Brussels.

The event will present upcoming funding opportunities of approximately €356 million under the Mobility for Growth (MG), Automated Road Transport (ART), Green Vehicles (GV), and Next Generation Batteries (BAT) calls.


The theme is mainly for road vehicles, though next generation batteries applies to all vehicles using such energy storage such as electric yachts.

The event will also give an overview of the application and evaluation process, and present tips for writing a good proposal. Things not to do and gaps in a proposal to fill.




The info day will cover the Horizon 2020 Transport Work Programme in 2020.

Check out the draft agenda of the event and pick the sessions most relevant for you.

Registration is open - Please go to the registration page to guarantee your spot.

Brokerage event

The info day will be followed by a transport NCP brokerage session taking place from 15h30 to 18h30 at the same venue. It will give you the opportunity to network and look for partners to form a consortium.

Only participants who have registered for the info day will be able to take part in the networking.


Questions and answers

During the event, the speakers will address questions form the audience in Q&A sessions.

You will also be able to send your questions virtually via sli.do using the #H2020transport hashtag. Please make sure to mention in your question which topic for funding you are referring to.


Social media

Check this page for updates closer to the date and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn using the #H2020transport hashtag!



All sessions will be webstreamed and recordings will be made available here after the event.
Presentations and useful materials

All presentations will be published on this website on the day of the event at the latest.







The Transport Challenge is allocated a budget of €6 339 million for the period 2014-2020 and will contribute to four key objectives, each supported by specific activities.

Horizon 2020 will provide funding for a resource efficient transport that respects the environment by making aircraft, vehicles and vessels cleaner and quieter to minimise transport’s systems’ impact on climate and the environment, by developing smart equipment, infrastructures and services and by improving transport and mobility in urban areas.

Horizon 2020 also aims at a better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security with a substantial reduction of traffic congestion; with a substantial improvement in the mobility of people and freight; by developing new concepts of freight transport and logistics and by reducing accident rates, fatalities and casualties and improving security.

Horizon 2020 supports a global leadership for the European transport industry by reinforcing the competitiveness and performance of European transport manufacturing industries and related services including logistic processes and retain areas of European leadership (e.g. such as aeronautics).

Horizon 2020 targets a socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making. The aim is to support improved policy making which is necessary to promote innovation and meet the challenges raised by transport and the societal needs related to it.

These activities are addressed in this Work Programme by three Calls for proposals:

- Mobility for Growth
- Automated Road Transport
- Small Business and Fast Track Innovation for Transport

In addition to the three Calls for proposal, other actions will be implemented by calls for tenders or by other instruments (‘Other actions’). These actions are part of the Transport Challenge envelope and complement the content of the three Calls.


The revision of the Work Programme for 2019 presents a novelty with the new cross-cutting Call “Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Next-Generation Batteries”, which brings together research and innovation efforts on the next generations of batteries from various parts of Horizon 2020. The Transport Challenge contributes with dedicated topics on batteries for electro mobility.




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JULY 2 2019


The European Commission today announced how it will spend the last and biggest annual tranche - €11 billion - of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 in the final year of the programme.


Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding programme for the period 2014-2020, supports scientific excellence in Europe and has contributed to high-profile scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of exoplanets, first images of a black hole and development of advanced vaccines for diseases such as Ebola.


Today the Commission announced the budget plan for the year 2020 for Horizon 2020. Over the next year, the Commission will seek greater impact of its research funding by focusing on fewer, but crucial, topics such as climate change, clean energy, plastics, cybersecurity and the digital economy. It will also be geared towards shaping the future research and innovation landscape by preparing the way for Horizon Europe, the next framework programme (2021-2027).


An important novelty under Horizon Europe will be the European Innovation Council – a one-stop-shop for innovation funding to turn science into new business and accelerate the scale-up of companies. The European Innovation Council is already running in its pilot phase and will in 2020 benefit from a budget of €1.2 billion.





Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said:


Horizon 2020 is generating new knowledge and technologies, and has a strong economic impact. For every 100 euro we invest through Horizon 2020, we expect to add 850 euro to our GDP by 2030, creating millions of jobs for Europeans. That is why we have proposed €100 billion for the next Horizon Europe programme, to boost the EU's competitiveness, innovation capacities and scientific excellence.


Focusing on political priorities


This Work Programme will support the budget for 2018-2020 and the Commission’s political priorities, in the following areas:


- A low-carbon, climate resilient future: €3.7 billion

- Circular economy: €1 billion

- Digitising and transforming European industry and services: €1.8 billion

- Security Union: €1 billion


In 2020, €206 million is earmarked for projects to transform sectors that are traditionally energy intensive into competitive, low-carbon and circular industries and to significantly lower their environmental footprint. €132 million will support the development and production in Europe of the next generation of batteries, as part of the drive towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. Ten new topics on plastics with a total budget of €135 million contribute in different ways to the EU Plastics Strategy. Artificial intelligence, which is at the core of today’s most promising breakthroughs, has a budget of €396 million and €116 million is earmarked for developing new capabilities for fighting and preventing cybercrime.


Boosting 'blue sky' research


At the same time, Horizon 2020 will continue to fund "curiosity-driven science" (often referred to as "blue sky science" or "frontier research"). The annual Work Programme of the European Research Council for 2020, adopted today, will enable support for excellent researchers with over €2.2 billion. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which fund fellowships for researchers at all stages of their careers, receive a boost with over €1 billion in total.


Enhancing international cooperation


This last Work Programme also strengthens international cooperation in research and innovation. It will invest over €550 million in 2020 in cooperation flagships in areas of mutual benefit. Examples include working with Africa on global health, food and nutrition security, with the US Canada and Japan on clean energy, and with China on food production, biotech, energy, natural resources and urbanisation.


Bridging to Horizon Europe


Since the beginning of its mandate, the Juncker Commission has been working hard to give Europe's many innovative entrepreneurs every opportunity to thrive. The Commission launched the first phase of the European Innovation Council, to turn Europe's scientific discoveries into businesses that can scale up faster. The EIC Accelerator pilot announced in March will test a grant and equity blended financing model, paving the way for a fully-fledged European Innovation Council in the next EU research and innovation framework programme, Horizon Europe.


In anticipation of the expected structure and content of Horizon Europe, €209 million brings together actions on food and natural resources. Co-creating methods and approaches are being tested through cross-cutting calls on interdisciplinary challenges such as Competitive, Low Carbon and Circular Industries. To trial ways of simplifying participants’ experience, the use of Lump-sum pilots will be further expanded throughout the work programme.  In addition, policy areas with increased prominence in the Horizon Europe proposal are addressed, such as smart buildings and airports, and the microbiome.




Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme with a budget of €77 billion over seven years (2014-2020). While most research and innovation activities are still underway or yet to start, the programme is delivering.


EU funded research has contributed to major discoveries like exoplanets, the Higgs boson and gravitational waves, first images of a black hole and at least 17 Nobel Prize winners received EU research funding prior or after their award (see factsheet on R&I success stories).


As of June 2019, Horizon 2020 has provided companies, in particular SMEs, with access to risk finance worth €19 264 million under the EU finance for innovators scheme (InnovFin). It has funded more than 24 500 grants in total to the tune of €42.8 billion, of which almost €7.1 billion went to SMEs. Over 5 000 ERC Principal Investigators in host organisations and over 45 000 fellows under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will receive almost €8.8 billion and €4.3 billion respectively.


In June 2018, for the budget period 2021-2027 the Commission proposed Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme with a budget of €100 billion. In March 2019 the European Parliament and the Council of the EU have reached a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe.











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