Horizon 2020

The Horizon 2020 Working Group tackles issues where the critical mass and collective expertise that Science Europe’s membership represents in discussions on Horizon 2020 can be an asset. The topics covered by the Horizon 2020 Working Group include the implementation of Horizon 2020, related EU activities, discussions in the European institutional context, and other relevant European research policy issues.

The Working Group closely follows the implementation of Horizon 2020 and in particular horizontal issues such as the evaluation of multidisciplinary projects, the simplification of rules in Horizon 2020, and the management of proposal submissions and projects in Horizon 2020.

Even once a new Framework Programme has been adopted, there can be space for improvements and adjustments, and the need to monitor developments in the interest of research organisations and scientific communities. Some essential aspects of Horizon 2020 are left for the European Commission to define outside the legislative process; these aspects often involve consultations and informal discussions in which the Horizon 2020 Working Group will engage.

The Horizon 2020 Working Group is composed of experts from Science Europe Member Organisations who are responsible for liaison with the European Institutions. It meets whenever a topic of potential shared interest has been identified by the members or by the Chairman. Topics are explored through sharing information, experience and best practices, and, whenever appropriate, with the contribution of invited experts.

Science Europe Documents to which the Working Group Contributed

  • Position Statement ‘On the Budget for Horizon 2020’ (November 2012)
  • Position Statement on ‘Horizon 2020: Excellence Counts’ (December 2012)
  • Consultation of stakeholders for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 ‘Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy’ (June 2014) – Available only to SE members
  • Consultation of stakeholders for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ (June 2014)  – Available only to SE members
Working Group Members

(17/05/17) Science Europe expresses its full support to the statement released by the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council... read more

(26/04/17) Science Europe recommends the ‘Open APC Initiative’ to create more transparency... read more

(04/04/17) Science Europe condemns legislative measures against academic freedom in Hungary... read more

(24/03/17) Science Europe congratulates ALLEA on the release of the revised ‘European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity’... read more

(23/03/17) Science Europe, LERU, CESAER, and EUA, issue a statement calling on policy makers to provide new momentum for the European Research Area... read more

(09/03017) Science Europe is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephan Kuster as its Acting Director... read more

(10/02/17) New joint Open Letter from European science organisations on mobility, transparency & openness... read more

(06/02/17) New practical guide on improving gender equality in research organisations... read more


Discover the new practical guide to improving gender equality in research organisations... read more