Horizon 2020 Creative Industries, Digital Economy and Design Funding

The Horizon 2020 programme is the major funding opportunity for research and innovation initiatives across Europe running up until 2020. The size of the programme is considerable and in 2015 there was nearly 600 million Euros available. 

There is a strong emphasis in the programme on creative industries, design and digital technologies, and the KTN will be working to help make sure that UK creative, digital and design businesses have a good awareness of specific funding calls as well as more general opportunities to do innovation work across Europe.

H2020 is divided into many programme sections, however the following two, and their respective work programmes, are most relevant to the creative, digital and design industries:
  • Industrial Leadership - ICT, Innovation in SME's ( SME Instrument)
  • Societal Challenges


The Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-17 have now been published by the European Commission.


Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are contained in bi-annual work programmes, which set out the large majority of support which is available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission through a process which integrates EU policy objectives into the priority setting. These new 2016-17 work-plans include a higher level of calls relevant to the creative, digital and design sectors than previously in thematic areas which are of priority in the UK. You can access the work programmes here.

For information on all H2020 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) calls now released go to the H2020 Participant Portal at:


More information is also available on the Participant Portal:

Further information on H2020 Work Programmes can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/h2020-sections

You can also join our Creative Digital and Design European Funding Group on LinkedIn.


Further information available:


1. H2020 Funding

2. Creative Europe Funding

3. Briefing Days and Networking Opportunities

4. Finding Partners for H2020 Calls

5. Previous KTN H2020 Events