Joint Research on H2020

In this page you may find information on funding mechanisms/ programmes/ instruments that can be considered by the Network Stakeholders for financing clean energy projects of industrial, policy or research scope.


Horizon 2020 is the new EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. H2020 supports SMEs with a new instrument that runs throughout various funded research and innovation fields,enhances EU international research and Third Country participation, attaches high importance to integrate social sciences and humanities encourages to develop a gender dimension in project.

In this respect, Horizon 2020 programme is an opportunity for EU and GCC stakeholders to work together on topics of joint interest, as well as for the GCC stakeholders to be part and engage in the EU research agenda, the practices followed and exchange experiences and know-how.

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Funding focuses on numerous societal challenges

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

The most related challenge with the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network scope and objectives is the challenge on Secure, clean and efficient energy.

For the status of the current related calls – forthcoming, open as well as closed calls

For the status of the current related calls – forthcoming, open as well as closed calls


The next research and innovation framework programme

The Commission has announced its proposal for Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020.

The proposal was implemented as part of the EU’s proposal for the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF). Several building blocks were taken into consideration including the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Lab-Fab-App report (informally the Lamy report), foresight studies and various other reports.

The adoption timeline of the HORIZON Europe is the following:


2 May 2018 the Commission adopts its proposal for the next EU long-term budget (MFF)

7 June 2018 the Commission adopts its proposal for Horizon Europe

the Council and European Parliament negotiate and subsequently adopt the programme

Horizon Europe is launched on 1 January 2021