Institutions (beneficiaries) work together in projects designed to address specific challenges posed by the EC.
Each call sets out the nature and scope of the challenge, with details of the impact expected from a successful project. Applicants determine how to address the challenge and the nature of their consortium. Proposals are evaluated on excellence, implementation and impact criteria.
For most calls the minimum eligibility requirement for a consortium is that there should be three separate legal entities based in three separate EU Member States or Associated Countries. Beyond this minimum it is for the consortium to determine the optimum partnership for their application. One beneficiary leads the consortium and takes responsibility for creation and submission of the application, and if successful, for ensuring effective implementation of the project and compliance with EC reporting requirements.
Funding for collaborative projects is 100% direct costs plus a 25% overhead (indirects).
Project length depends on the requirements of the response to a topic – but tends to be approximately three years.
Collaborative project calls occur throughout the year. The EC’s Horizon 2020 webpages provide information on the focus areas of the work programme with links to relevant calls.