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What is Horizon 2020?

Shannon ABC's Track Record in Horizon 2020 and European Funding

SME Instrument

COST - European Cooperation in Science & Technology

How to get involved?




Horizon 2020

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the largest European Union (EU) Research and Innovation programme to date and will run from 2014 to 2020. It is a competitive funding programme with a budget of almost €80 billion euros over 7 years. Horizon 2020 was officially launched in Ireland on the 10th of December 2013 at the National Convention Centre and it is divided into 3 main themes, Excellent Science, Competitive Industries and Better Society.

Excellent Science - Horizon 2020 will raise the level of excellence in Europe’s science base and ensure a steady stream of world-class research to secure Europe’s long- term competitiveness. It will support the best ideas, develop talent within Europe, provide researchers with access to priority research infrastructure, and make Europe an attractive location for the world’s best researchers.

Competitive Industries - The Competitive Industries objective aims at making Europe a more attractive location to invest in research and innovation, by promoting activities where businesses set the agenda. It will provide major investment in key industrial technologies, maximise the growth potential of European companies by providing them with adequate levels of finance and help innovative SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.

Better Society - Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstrations, testbeds, and support for public procurement and market uptake.

Funding Rates

Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) fund 100% of eligible costs for all partners Innovation Actions (IA) fund 70% of eligible costs for industry partners (100% for non-profit organisations).

Horizon 2020 Events

Open Calls for Proposals


National Contact Points (NCP’s) in Ireland can be found via this link





Shannon ABC’s Track Record in Horizon 2020 and European Funding


Please find further information on Shannon ABC’s involvement in Horizon 2020 and EU FP7 projects via these links:

Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies for Safe Food Production in Space - Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme

Agri For Valor will valorise and exploit sidestream biomass resources from agriculture and forestry - Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme

Network for the transfer of knowledge on traditional foods to SMEs. Support for the Traditional Food Sector (TRADEIT)


European Union Seventh Framework Programme (EU FP7)

FP7 (Seventh EU Framework Programme) projects were co-ordinated at Shannon ABC host Institutes, the Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT). The Framework Programmes were open to EU public and private entities of all sizes and incorporate provision for the participation of non-EU countries. Participation was based upon partnerships with different EU countries and offered valuable opportunities for Ireland's small and medium enterprises (SMEs), multinational corporations (MNCs), healthcare professionals and academic researchers to participate in high-quality research collaborations with their European counterparts, with the support of EU funding.

Knowledge for Bio-Based Economy (KBBE) - Sustainable production of Biologically Active Molecules of Marine Based Origin (BAMMBO )

Benefit of SME - Development of a rapid cellular characterisation technology for use in the bioprocessing industry (PM-CELLS )

http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/105597_en.html or http://www.natucrop.com





SME Instrument

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) that are EU-based or established in a country associated with Horizon 2020 can now get EU funding and support for innovation projects that will help them grow and expand their activities into other countries - in Europe and beyond.

The SME instrument programme supports close-to-market activities which aim to give a boost to breakthrough innovation. Highly innovative SMEs with a clear commercial ambition and a potential for high growth and internationalisation are the prime target.

The SME Instrument offers Small and Medium-sized businesses the following:

  • Business innovation grants for feasibility assessment purposes (optional phase 1): €50,000 (lump sum) per project (70% of total cost of the project).
  • Business innovation grants for innovation development & demonstration purposes (possible phase 2): an amount in the indicative range of €500,000 and €2.5 million (70% of total cost of the project as a general rule).
  • Free-of-charge business coaching (optional in phases 1 and 2), in order to support and enhance the firm’s innovation capacity and help align the project to strategic business needs.
  • Access to a wide range of innovation support services and facilitated access to risk finance (mostly in optional phase III), to facilitate the commercial exploitation of the innovation.

The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Work Programme for 2016/2017 is available via this link:






COST - European Cooperation in Science & Technology

COST is an intergovernmental framework, for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. Its goal is to ensure that Europe holds a strong position in the field of scientific and technical research for peaceful purposes, by increasing European cooperation and interaction in this field. COST makes it possible for the various national facilities, institutes, universities and private industry to work jointly on a wide range of Research and Development (R&D) activities.

COST key features are:

  • Building capacity by connecting high-quality scientific communities throughout Europe and worldwide;
  • Providing networking opportunities for early career investigators;
  • Increasing the impact of research on policy makers, regulatory bodies and national decision makers as well as the private sector.

COST Project/Actions

COST Actions are networks centred on nationally funded research projects. COST Actions are open to all researchers (industrial and academic). COST Actions do not fund any research but provides support to coordinate projects. COST Actions run for approximately 4 years with an average budget of €160,000 per annum to support networking in the form of meetings, workshops, conferences, scientific missions, training schools and publications.


Shannon ABC is a member in the European Network for Algal-Bioproducts (EUALGAE) COST Action.


EUALGAE - Fossil fuels cover the majority of our energetic and chemical needs. However, fossil fuels are limited and the petrochemical industry has a negative impact on the environment. Biomass, as a renewable source, is attracting worldwide attention to satisfy this demand in the so-called bioeconomy. Conventional biomass feedstocks remain controversial due to the limited land availability and competition with food and feed production. Microalgae represent a promising alternative renewable source since they can be cultivated on non-arable land. Furthermore, microalgae remove and recycle nutrients from wastewater and flue-gases, thus providing additional environmental benefits.

Microalgae offer interesting applications in the nutrition field being high in antioxidants, pigments, polyunsaturated fatty acids and proteins. This COST Action proposes the establishment of a European network sharing a common goal: the development of an economically feasible model for the commercialization of algae-based bioproducts. EUALGAE is created to stimulate not only interaction among research groups across Europe but also to foster cooperation between academia and industry. This scientific platform will generate a synergistic approach for the utilization of microalgae biomass for sustainable fuels and fine chemical products.

Further Information





How to get involved?

If you are interested in being involved in a Horizon 2020 project with Shannon ABC please contact:

Dr Tim Yeomans
Centre Manager
Phone: + 353 (0)66 714 4217 (Tralee)
Phone: + 353 (0)61 293 577 (LIT)
Mobile: + 353 (0)86 106 0843
Email: tim.yeomans@staff.ittralee.ie

Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre,
South Campus,
Institute of Technology, Tralee,
Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre,
Limerick Institute of Technology,
Moylish Park,
Limerick, Ireland


Dr Bridget Breen
Scientific Coordinator
Phone: + 353 (0)61 293 150 (LIT)
Phone: + 353 (0)66 714 4174 (Tralee)
Email: bridget.breen@lit.ie

Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre,
Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre,
Limerick Institute of Technology,
Moylish Park,
Limerick, Ireland
South Campus,
Institute of Technology, Tralee,
Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland