HORIZON 2020 – What’s in for China?

China is one of the EU’s key international partners in research and innovation. At the same time, through participation in Horizon 2020, China can gain great benefits from access to excellent knowledge, access to research data and access and connection to world-leading scientific networks and research teams. Chinese participation is welcomed in all Calls for Proposals of Horizon 2020.


2016-17 Horizon 2020 calls

Several topics have been specifically targeted for European cooperation with China, including areas such as:

See all China focused relevant calls (listed on pages 2-3) and another brief description here.

Yet, remember that China-based researchers are eligible to apply for all H2020 calls : Check the full list of H2020 calls.


Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020: Strategic Programme Overarching Document

The Horizon 2020 Strategic Programme Overarching Document “sets the scene” for the final H2020 work programme, which will distribute around 30 billion euros of funding. Its content provides some insight, but is not a guarantee of the final content of the work programme which is due to be adopted in October:



China in the EU Framework Programs & Co-Funding Mechanism

The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) recently announced further information about how to apply for the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM).

Under this scheme, 200 million RMB (€ 28 million) will be made available annually by MoST for China-based researchers and companies to participate in EU Horizon 2020 programme, the world’s largest programme for Research and Innovation. Such international collaborations, combining know-how, expertise and skills from different countries, hold promise for scientific breakthroughs and discoveries! On the European side, the EU Commission plans to provide over 100 million Euros per year to fund European entities in joint projects under H2020 with Chinese participants.

Read here more about the co-funding mechanism.