Horizon 2020 brings together EU-funded programs designed to stimulate research and innovation and incorporates a European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The program is structured in three 'pillars':
Pillar I (Excellent Science) is intended to support the work of first-rate researchers. The European Research Council (ERC) provides funding for frontier research in new fields, while the purpose of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions is to stimulate mobility and career development, and a third program is designed to enhance research infrastructures.
Pillar II (Industrial Leadership) encompasses support mechanisms for industrial and key technologies, which are designed to promote application-oriented research consortia, provide improved access to risk capital and stimulate innovation by SMEs.
Pillar III (Societal Challenges) addresses six societal research priorities. Research and innovation can make significant contributions to solving these problems by forming cross-border project consortia.
Up to now, LMU researchers have participated in a total of 221 H2020-funded projects and received approximately 189 million euros in funding. Of these ventures, 104 were international collaborative projects, 7 of which were coordinated by LMU personnel. LMU applicants were particularly successful in Pillar I (Excellent Science). Here, 80 ERC and 73 Marie Skłodowska-Curie proposals from LMU researchers have received funding.
(Last update: July 2020)
Horizon Europe brings together almost all of the EU's current programs dedicated to research and innovation. As in the case of its forerunner (Horizon 2020), Horizon Europe encompasses three major program areas ('pillars'), which reflect the different phases of the innovation process from the initial idea to a marketable product.
Pillar I (Excellent Science) provides funding (on a competitive basis) for bottom-up research projects proposed by individuals in all fields. Such proposals may be submitted to the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), or the Research Infrastructure program.
Pillar II comprises six clusters designed to stimulate cross-border collaborations in the societally relevant fields of
- Culture, Creativity and the Inclusive Society
- Civil Security for Society
- Digital, Industrial and Space Research
- Climate, Energy and Mobility
- Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and the Environment
A new element of this pillar is the concept of mission-oriented research. The idea here is to tackle ambitious and high-profile research missions defined with input from citizens, stakeholders, the European Parliament and Member States.
Pillar III is made up of programs intended to advance commercial innovation and market uptake: the European Innovation Council (EIC), European Ecosystems for Innovation, and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).
7th Research Framework Programme
The EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP 7) was implemented between 2007-2013 and had an overall budget of 54.4 billion euros. LMU researchers were involved in no fewer than 225 projects and the total amount of competitive funding acquired by LMU was 131.8 million euros. With 38 successful ERC proposals (14 Starting Grants and 24 Advanced Grants), the largest number of ERC grants won by any German university over the duration of the 7th RFP, LMU occupied the 11th spot in the European ERC Ranking.
With 66 proposals awarded, LMU was also the most successful university in this program.
LMU's excellent international and intersectoral links are clearly reflected in its involvement in EU-funded collaborative projects. LMU researchers took part in 147 international consortia, playing the coordinating role in 22 of them. These ventures involved more than 900 academic partners in Europe and over 100 in non-European countries, in addition to over 200 cooperations with companies.
In terms of the level of EU funding acquired, LMU was among the five most successful institutions in Germany (Fraunhofer Society, Max Planck Society, German Aerospace Agency, TU Munich, LMU) and the first among the full universities.