H2020: The most funded projects in Horizon 2020

H2020: The most funded projects in Horizon 2020

Take a look at the top 5 funded projects in Horizon 2020 listed below. You will be surprised to see that only five projects managed funding amounting to €1,374,837,176.

1. EUROfusion | Implementation of activities described in .the Roadmap to Fusion during Horizon 2020 through a Joint programme of the members of the EUROfusion consortium

Total granted: € 678,800,000
Cordinator: Max Planck Institute (MPG)
Participants: 208

EUROfusion supports and funds fusion research activities on behalf of the European Commission’s Euratom programme. Funded under the H2020 programme, “The EUROfusion programme” is based on the Roadmap to the Realisation of Fusion Energy. This programme has two aims: preparing for ITER experiments and developing concepts for the future demonstration fusion power plant DEMO. The project is coordinated by the Max Planck Institute (MPG) and involves a total of 208 organisations (the majority of them universities and research centres) with a total funding of € 678,800,000. The project started in January 2014 and ended in December 2020.

2. LPA GAM 2018 | Large Passenger Aircraft

Total granted: € 184,973,049
Cordinator: AIRBUS
Participants: 61

This project has been funded by the Clean Sky 2 programme focused on “Large Passenger Aircrafts” that pursues solving associated challenges, mainly related to mature technologies developed in the previous Clean Sky 1 programme. These technologies that are intended to be mature enough to reach the market are the integration of CROR propulsion systems (a radical new type of aero-engine without a nacelle that can ingest air and produce thrust more efficiently than today’s conventional engines), wings and empennages (the aircraft tail), advanced and hybrid laminar airflow wing developments; and an all-new next generation fuselage cabin and cockpit-navigation. This project, started in January 2014 and ended in December 2019, and is coordinated by AIRBUS with 61 participating organisations, all of them accounting for a total available funding of € 184,973,049.

3. COST at a turning point: A unique framework for pan-European ST cooperation as clear demonstration of European values

Total granted: € 178,169,171
Participants: 0

(European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is an intergovernmental funding organisation for research and innovation networks that helps connect research initiatives across Europe and beyond and enable researchers and innovators to grow their ideas in any scientific and technological field by sharing them with their peers. COST Actions are bottom-up networks with a duration of four years that boost research, innovation and careers. Although constituted as an association located in Belgium, it brings together 38 member states that cooperate to boost a pan-European, bottom-up, open, inclusive and interdisciplinary research through frequent open calls. This initiative has a total funding of € 178,169,171 which has been managed from May 2015 to April 2019.

4. ENG GAM 2018 | Engine ITD – GAM 2018

Total granted: € 171,920,071
Participants: 35

The Engines ITD builds on the success of the Sustainable and Green Engine (SAGE) ITD of the Clean Sky 1 programme, working towards radical engine architectures and new engine technologies to power the aircrafts of the future. All the activities under the Engines ITD in Clean Sky 2 have a common goal: to increase fuel and energy efficiency of the engine and reduce environmental impact, regardless of whether the engine is powering a large airliner or just a small utility aircraft, meaning more thrust while burning less fuel and emitting less CO2, NOx and noise.
This project is coordinated by MTU AERO ENGINES AG and comprises additional 35 participating organisations, all of them with a total EC contribution of 171,920,071 €.


Total granted: € 160,974,884
Participants: 83

Airframe ITD aims at re-thinking and developing the technologies as building blocks and the “solution space” on the level of the entire or holistic aircraft: pushing aerodynamics across new frontiers, combining and integrating new materials and structural techniques – and integrating innovative new controls and propulsion architectures with the airframe; and optimising this against the challenges of weight, cost, life-cycle impact and durability. Under the Clean Sky 2 programme.
DASSAULT AVIATION coordinated this project, whit 83 participating organisations, managing a total funding of € 160,974,884.

Next projects

If we take a brief look at the next 5 positions, we find important projects that address relevant reference technologies such as graphene (coordinated by CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB), neuroscience (coordinated by ECOLA POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE), the rest of the relevant technologies under the Clean Sky 2 programme (coordinated by THALES AVS FRANCE and AIRBUS) and funds to develop vaccines against COVID19 (coordinated by COALITION FOR EPIDEMIC PREPAREDNESS INNOVATION).
The top 10 funded H2020 projects account for 3.18% of the total funds allocated to theH2020 programme. Analysing these projects, we can deduce that 34% of these funds have been allocted to energy issues (electric fusion) while another 37% have gone to the aeronautics industry.

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