Horizon 2020 Support Framework

Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council, The Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scotland Europa.

Scotland Europa is part of a coordinated approach across the public sector in Scotland to support research and innovation. Working with the Scottish Government, we have worked to influence the development of the Horizon 2020 programme and have developed a Horizon 2020 Scottish Support Framework to enhance Scottish participation in the programme. In addition to Scotland Europa, the Support Framework involves contributions from the following organisations:


This integrated service provides Scottish organisations with advice and assistance on how to access the most appropriate research and innovation funding support from the European Union.

In support of Scotland’s economic development objectives this service is targeted at all Scottish organisations with an interest in applying for funding through the programme. This includes Business (SME Midcap and Large Organisations), Academia, Research Institutes and the Public Sector.

Horizon 2020

The framework provides Scotland’s cutting edge research and innovation organisations access to the networks and knowledge available from the Scottish Public Sector. This includes early stage access to opportunities, capacity building, 1-1 project development support, partnership networks and expertise.

Each member of the Support Framework adds value via providing well defined services for both singular applicant submission to wider collaborative approach.

Dedicated support is provided via a team approach. This uses a cross organisation collaboration model on a project by project basis, allowing the skills within each member of the support framework to be used where needed in line with the applicants needs.  


Lessons Learned

The benefits of participating within the Horizon 2020 programme provides more than just the financial support required to develop your excellent science or a significantly innovative product or service.

Collaboration opens up access to new knowledge and expertise which is not available within any single organisation, World-class research infrastructures and academic and business networks which will continue to develop and benefit those involved long after the project has been completed.

A collaborative  approach was required to be developed not only by the applicants but also by the public sector, This was not just between those within the framework but wider allowing us to also gain access to new knowledge and expertise which is not available within any single organisation – knowledge that can be developed and passed onto those we support and further enhance Scotland reputation as world leaders in research and Innovation.

By working together we have been able to help organisations succeed in Horizon 2020 in ways which we would not have thought possible previously .
  • Status
  • Completed
  • Project Launch
  • 01 August 2013
  • Project completed
  • 31 December 2020

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