The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020

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Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union2, a Europe 20203 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development4, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP5) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT6).

The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will:

  • Strengthen the EU’s position      in science with a dedicated budget of € 24 598 million1. This      will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including an      increase in funding of 77% for the very successful European Research      Council (ERC7).
  • Strengthen industrial      leadership in innovation € 17 938 million1. This includes major      investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for      SMEs.
  • Provide € 31 748 million1      to help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate      change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable      energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with      the challenge of an ageing population.

Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative enterprise to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential. This market-driven approach will include creating partnerships with the private sector and Member States to bring together the resources needed.

International cooperation will be an important cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020. In addition to Horizon 2020 being fully open to international participation, targeted actions with key partner countries and regions will focus on the EU’s strategic priorities. Through a new strategy8, a strategic and coherent approach to international cooperation will be ensured across Horizon 2020.

Horizon 2020 will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area9 by 2014. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

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