Applicants from which countries are eligible for participating in Horizon 2020?

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The Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme is open to participation for applicants from the following countries:

  • The Member States of the European Union and the Overseas Countries and Territories, linked to the Member States
  • Non-EU Countries (“third countries”) - countries which are neither EU Member States nor associated to Horizon 2020. They can be divided into two groups:
    • Non-EU Countries automatically eligible for funding:
      • Countries Associated to Horizon 2020: third countries which are parties to an international agreement with the European Union with regards to this specific framework programme;
      • Third countries: which do not belong to the associated countries but are automatically eligible for funding, except where explicitly excluded in the call for proposal text; an exhaustive list of these countries is published on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal
    • Non-EU Countries not automatically eligible for funding - applicants from these countries are eligible for funding in cases where the call for proposal explicitly specifies this option, or funding for these applicants is provided in a bilateral scientific and technological agreement, or when the European Commission estimates that participation of such an entity is essential for carrying out an action under Horizon 2020