About us

On this website you will find details of current and past events as well as our newsletter on the topic of Horizon 2020. These services are provided by ZENIT GmbH on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


ZENIT GmbH, founded in 1984, is a Public Private Partnership owned by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, a consortium of banks and an association comprising some 180 enterprises. On behalf of EU, national and regional bodies, we provide services for the benefit of companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as universities and research institutions. Our clients come from NRW, throughout Germany and abroad.


Under the name of NRW.Europa, ZENIT GmbH, NRW.BANK and NRW.International together offer the best possible support in the area of transnational European business and technology transfer. Our services are available first and foremost to enterprises, organisations close to the business and research communities and universities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Our top priority is technology-based and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia

“Knowledge creates opportunities“ (Wissen schafft Chancen) - this applies worldwide. The Ministry of Culture and Science has made this concept its guiding principle.



The current Action Plan of the Federal State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia for Horizon 2020 explains NRW’s objectives and measures in the area of European research funding. Many of the measures in the Action Plan are implemented in the framework of “NRW.Europa”, the NRW node of the European information, consulting and advice network entitled “Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)”, which is coordinated by ZENIT GmbH.

Horizon 2020

A general overview of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, can be found on the page “What is Horizon 2020”? For more detailed information please consult the regional, national and EU portals.

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