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Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU research and innovation programme, making available nearly €80 billion between 2014 and 2020. It's aim is to help take great ideas from the lab to the market.

A draft paper detailing all the new Horizon 2020 funding calls for 2016-7 has just been published – and this contains many new opportunities for design funding.

Draft versions of all the 2016-7 calls can now be read on the EC Horizon 2020 site. Since these are huge documents to search through, we thought it might be useful to single out a few specific areas that are worth looking at to find design funding for your organisation.


The draft plans include a series of funding calls dedicated to 'co-creation for growth and inclusion'. These can be found in the Inclusive Societies work programme (SC6-Inclusive Societies 2016-2017) the calls are listed on pages 8 - 24 of the PDF. These ones in particular may be of interest:

  • CO-CREATION-02-2016: User-driven innovation: value creation through design-enabled innovation (p. 10)
  • CO-CREATION-03-2016: Piloting demand-driven collaborative innovation models in Europe (p. 12)
  • CO-CREATION-04-2017: Applied co-creation to deliver public services (p.13)
  • CO-CREATION-05-2016: Co-creation between public administrations: once-only principle (p.16)
  • CO-CREATION-07-2017: Towards a new growth strategy in Europe - Improved economic and social measurement, data and official statistics (p.21)
  • CO-CREATION-08-2016/2017: Better integration of evidence on the impact of research and innovation in policy making (p.23)

Cross-cutting activities

There are also a number of relevant calls within the Cross-cutting activities work programme, especially: Factories of the Future (p.19 - 37), Sustainable Process Industries (p.19 - 37) and Circular Economy (p.47 - 68).

These calls in particular may be of interest:

  • FOF-10-2017: New technologies and life cycle management for reconfigurable and reusable customised products (p.37)
  • SPIRE-06-2016: Business models for flexible and delocalised approaches for intensified processing (p.57)
  • SPIRE-09-2017: Pilot lines based on more flexible and down-scaled high performance processing (p.63)
  • CIRC-01-2016-2017: Systemic, eco-innovative approaches for the circular economy: large-scale demonstration projects (p.72)
  • CIRC-03-2016: Smart Specialisation for systemic eco-innovation/circular economy (p.80)
  • CIRC-04-2016: New models and economic incentives for circular economy business (p.81)

You can learn more about the different kinds of EU funding available for design in our Beginner’s guide to funding.