Horizon 2020, running from 2014 - 2020, is an EU instrument for funding research and development with a budget of nearly €80 billion over 7 years.

Horizon 2020's three main pillars

Excellent science

Activities under this Pillar aim to reinforce and extend the excellence of the Union’s science base and to consolidate the European Research Area in order to make the Union’s research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale.

Industrial leadership

This pillar aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.

Societal challenges

Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. Funding focuses on seven societal challenges.

How SEAI supports Horizon 2020

SEAI supports the successful participation of Irish industry, academia & public sector bodies in Horizon 2020 by fulfilling the role of National Delegate for Societal Challenge 3 (Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy).

Societal Challenge 3

Societal Challenge 3 is structured around seven specific objectives and research areas:

  1. Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint
  2. Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply
  3. Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources
  4. A single, smart European electricity grid
  5. New knowledge and technologies
  6. Robust decision making and public engagement
  7. Market uptake of energy and ICT innovation

Energy research budget 2014 - 2020

A budget of €5.9bn has been allocated to non-nuclear energy research for the period 2014-2020. Additional details relating to the priorities of Societal Challenge 3 are available on the Horizon 2020 website.

Available funding mechanisms and opportunities

There are a variety of funding mechanisms available through Horizon 2020 (e.g. individual fellowships, infrastructural awards and collaborative research projects). Significant opportunities exist for Irish businesses, communities, academics, and other groups.

Ireland’s Horizon 2020 National Support Network

The ND and NCP (see below) are both part of the Ireland’s Horizon 2020 National Support Network. This network is led by Enterprise Ireland.

First point of contact

The National Contact Point should be your first point of contact for queries relating to Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 3 (Secure, clean & efficient energy).

National Delegate for Society Challenge 3National Contact Point for Society Challenge 3
SEAI supports the successful participation of Irish researchers in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 3 by providing a National Delegate. Enterprise Ireland support the role of National Contact Point, Mr Philip Cheasty, for Societal Challenge 3.
Role: The National Delegate (ND) has an influential role in relation to development of Societal Challenge 3 Work Programmes and leads Ireland's input into the associated Programme Committee. Role: The National Contact Point (NCP) provides advice on funding opportunities, contractual & IPR issues, supports proposal preparation, submission & follow up on grant applications, and provides ongoing advice on next steps for successful & unsuccessful applicants.
Email energyresearch@seai.ie

Email Philip.Cheasty@enterprise-ireland.com
Call 021 4800 216

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is the 9th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is the biggest and most ambitious programme of its kind ever with a budget of over €95 billion. Learn more at: www.horizoneurope.ie