Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation


To enhance European competitiveness, Horizon 2020 introduces specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation through engaging those who commit less in the EU research and innovation effort. To maximise investment there is the need to tap into Europe’s yet unexploited potential on research and innovation through a stronger commitment by the low-performing Member States and regions.


The Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation Work Programme 2016-2017 consists of the following calls for proposals:

  • Call for Teaming
  • Call for Twinning
  • Call for ERA Chairs
  • Call for support to JPI Urban Europe

Teaming will invest in Europe’s research and innovation potential through supporting the creation of new (or upgrading of existing) Centres of Excellence on the basis of partnerships with internationally leading institutions.

Twinning aims to build on the huge potential of networking for excellence through knowledge transfer and, exchange of best practice between research institutions and leading partners.

ERA Chairs will bring outstanding researchers to universities and other research organisations that have high potential for research excellence. On their side, institutions should mobilise support from different funding sources, including from the European Structural and Investment Funds, to invest in facilities and infrastructures in the context of Smart Specialisation Strategies and commit to institutional change and a broader support to innovation.

Support to JPI Urban Europe is an initiative that will enhance the knowledge and capacities in order to support urban transition towards sustainability in Europe and beyond. In doing so, it develops innovative solutions and reduces the fragmentation of urban-related research and innovation funding as well as builds critical mass and visibility.

WIDESPREAD calls in 2016 and 2017:


Opening date


WIDESPREAD-1-2016: Teaming Phase 2

15 March 2016

30 August 2016

WIDESPREAD 2-2016: Support to JPI Urban Europe

27 October 2015

4 February 2016

WIDESPREAD 3-2017: ERA Chairs

12 April 2017

5 October 2017

WIDESPREAD 4-2017: Teaming Phase 1

11 May 2016

15 November 2016

WIDESPREAD 5-2017: Twinning

11 May 2017

15 November 2017

How to apply

Information on how to apply for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation can be found on the Participant Portal, your single-entry point for interactions with the research and innovation programmes of the European Commission.

Open Calls

SEWP – Open Calls