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The Programmes in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU's Research and Innovation programme with funding of nearly EUR 75 billion available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Funding is allocated to three different pillars which define the main areas where funding can be obtained.

Horizon 2020 is made up of three pillars: "Excellent science", "Industrial leadership" and "Societal challenges".

Each pillar has programmes and under these, there is a number of calls which outline what kind of topics and projects the European Commission will fund.

Horizon 2020 also encompass some cross-disciplinary initiatives, which cover more programmes or are located outside the pillar structure.

In addition, a number of research institutes are associated with Horizon 2020. Institutes such as the Joint Research Centre and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology support the European Commision with research.