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What is available for local authorities under the Horizon 2020 programme?

Horizon 2020 is the main EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020). The programme is structured in three main pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. These pillars are divided into different priority areas. Two areas are of particular interest to local authorities: ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ and ‘Smart, Green and Integrated Transport’.

The main priorities identified for local authorities under the area of ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ for each focus area are as follows:

  • Energy Efficiency: EE-5, EE-6, EE-8, EE-9, EE-10, EE-11, EE-15, EE-19, EE-22, EE-23, EE-24, EE-25.
  • Competitive Low-Carbon Energy:  LCE-21
  • Smart Cities and Communities: SCC-1, SCC-02, SCC-03
  • Other actions: B.1.4. Innovative financing for sustainable energy (EIB-ELENA Facility)

With respect to the area of ‘Smart, Green and Integrated Transport’, some of the main priorities identified under the ‘Mobility for Growth’ call are:

  • Urban mobility: MG-4.4, MG-4.5, 
  • Logistics: MG-5.3
  •  Intelligent transport systems: MG-6.1, MG-6.2, MG-6.3
  • Socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making: MG-8.4, MG-8.5

For more information:

  • See all calls under Horizon 2020 here.
  •  General information on Horizon 2020, including how to apply for funding, can be found here.
  •  For any question related to the Energy Efficiency Call, contact or your H2020 National Contact Point.


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