Horizon 2020, the EU’s €80 billion flagship research programme, drives economic growth and creates jobs by nurturing innovations with market potential. While Horizon 2020 projects focus exclusively on civil applications, there are opportunities for dual use innovations.

Firstly, dual use SMEs can apply through the dedicated €3 billion SME Instrument. This offers tailored business support for activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping and scaling-up of innovative products, services and processes. SMEs submit a proposal without having to be part of a consortium.

Secondly, SMEs can participate by joining a consortium that responds to a specific call for proposals. Funding opportunities are set out in multiannual work programmes, which are divided into thematic areas. Promising funding topics for civil applications that can be adapted to defence applications can be found in the Industrial Technologies, Secure Societies and ICT areas.  You can access statistics on Horizon 2020 proposals to find out more.


Read the Commission’s Guidance Note to see what research involving dual-use items means in the context of Horizon 2020.

Monitor the Participant Portal for Calls for Proposals and analyse the multiannual work programme to assess your eligibility. National contact points are there to provide personalised support.

Various partner search services help you to find organisations that would like to participate in the proposals. You can also post your collaboration offers there.