European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

International Cooperation in Horizon 2020

Third Countries

Many Third Countries neither being EU Member States nor Associated Countries, such as countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Mediterranean Partner Countries are also automatically funded from the Horizon 2020 budget. A list of these countries can be found in the documents accompanying the application (general annexes).

Under Horizon 2020, other than under FP7, not only industrialised countries (such as the United States, Canada or Japan), but also the BRICS countries (except for South Africa) and Mexico will no longer be funded from the EU budget. These countries are invited to participate in EU-projects with their own funding. Liechtenstein will also participate as a Third Country in Horizon 2020.

For exceptions to this rule, please refer to the rules for participation and the individual "topics" within the work programmes.

Matching fund opportunities in Third Countries

The European Commission has published an overview on current matching fund initiatives on the participant portal. There is information on initiatives in Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Russia, China, Republic of Korea, India, South Africa, Japan and USA.

They are available on the Participant Portal: International cooperation "Open to the world"  - section (available local support for H2020 participants from non-EU countries).