Enterprise Ireland to highlight the remaining research opportunities under Horizon 2020

12th November 2019

  • Significant opportunities for Irish researchers and Enterprise Ireland supported companies under converging disciplines covering low-carbon technologies, climate resilience and the circular economy

Enterprise Ireland will host an event to highlight the existing opportunities for Irish third level institutions to obtain European Union funding in order to pursue their innovative research proposal(s).

Horizon 2020 is the largest European Union led Research and Innovation funding programme and has been in operation since 2014. There remains a significant amount of funding available through competitive calls for the remainder of 2019 and in 2020. To date, Irish researchers and companies have secured funding of over €800m. Over 56% of this has been secured by the higher education sector with over 34% being secured by companies including Enterprise Ireland clients, and the balance from other bodies.

The objective of Horizon 2020 is to award competitive funding to advance excellence in science, enhance industrial competitiveness and scale companies and address major societal issues through a challenge-based approach.

Ireland is well placed to continue to benefit greatly from the programme and Enterprise Ireland and the wider national contact point (NCP) Network are committed to preparing those interested to successfully submit their proposal.

This event in The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork will bring together innovators, researchers, public authorities and companies active across converging disciplines covering low-carbon technologies, climate resilience and the circular economy. This will be a unique opportunity to develop new research partnerships, explore cross-cutting opportunities and get insights from Horizon 2020 experts across each of these areas.

Senior representatives from the Environmental Research Institute ERI, the International Energy Research Centre IERC, the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, the Tyndall Institute at UCC and the Irish Manufacturing Research Centre IMR as well as companies who have been successful under Horizon 2020 to date, will be speaking at the event and sharing their experiences of the Programme.

Speaking in advance, the National Director for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland, Garrett Murray said, “To date Irish researchers and companies have secured funding of over €800m from the Horizon 2020 Programme having competed for funding against some of the most experienced researchers and innovative companies in Europe and beyond. This success is reflective of the talent and focus on collaboration by the Irish research community and our most innovative companies.

“This conference is an opportunity to bring together experienced and prospective first-time horizon 2020 applicants to share experiences and drive collaboration to support applications for funding in these converging disciplines covering low-carbon technologies, climate resilience and the circular economy.

“The National Support Network for Horizon 2020, led by Enterprise Ireland, offers significant experience and unrivalled expertise and is a hugely beneficial resource for both new and seasoned applicants to Horizon 2020 so my advice is for researchers and companies to engage with this network as soon as possible.”


About Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of seven flagship initiatives in Europe 2020, the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. It has a budget of €75 billion and runs from 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 funding (i.e. grants) is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers and companies across three main pillars: Excellent Science, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies and Societal Challenges.

Enterprise Ireland leads the national support network for Horizon 2020, working to increase participation by Irish companies and academic institutions in the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe. Led by Enterprise Ireland, the national support network for Horizon 2020 has 9 member organisations; the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Health Research Board, the Irish Research Council, the Irish Universities Association, the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.

For more information visit www.horizon2020.ie.

In addition to the headline funding received in grants, Irish businesses have been assisted through financing and guarantees provided by Innovfin, which is an instrument funded through Horizon 2020, and operated by the European Investment Bank. Loans of more than €27 million have been made available to Irish firms to date, and Innovfin guarantees have been put in place to underwrite a potential €300 million in lending to Irish SMEs.


For more information contact:

Ciara Ahern

Press & Media Relations

Enterprise Ireland

Ciara Ahern

+353 1 727 2018

+353 83 8007203