Your strategy: from idea to financed project

A financed European R&D or innovation project is the proud achievement of a process starting well in advance of the call publications.

Some parts of Horizon 2020 require the participation of a consortium, led by a coordinator and composed of at least three organisations from three different countries. Each participant brings skills needed to the consortium to build a convincing proposal.

Under FP7, 13% of projects with a participant from Luxembourg were coordinated by the Luxembourg entity. Coordinating a European project requires a certain experience and commitment, but also brings interesting material and immaterial benefits.

Other Horizon 2020 programmes do not require the collaboration in a consortium: the European Research Council (ERC), the researcher mobility programme (Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions), Future and Emerging Technologoies (FET), or the so-called SME instrument, for instance. These programmes do not have any thematic restrictions (following the “bottom up” logic).

The proposal evaluation is done by external experts. It is governed by three major criteria: excellence, impact, and project implementation.

  • Excellence: clarity and pertinence of the objectives, credibility of the proposed approach, soundness of the concept, the ambition level of the proposed work, the innovation potential, and the expected progress beyond the state of the art.
  • Impact: In general, proposals should take into account the expected impact as listed in the work programme under the relevant topic
  • Quality and efficiency of the implementation: coherence and effectiveness of the work plan, the appropriateness of the allocation of tasks and resources, the complementarity of the participants within the consortium, and the appropriateness of the management structures

Luxinnovation guides you at every step, from idea to project, in order to comply with formal requirements and demonstrate the project’s innovation potential.


Horizon 2020 National Contact Point

Tel: +352 43 62 63 - 1

Email: ncp.horizon2020 (at)