What will the new EU Programme for Research and Innovation look like?

By Aug.28, 2013

h2020 visualHorizon 2020 is the new EU’s new programme for research and innovation with a key aim of creating new growth and jobs in Europe though knowledge generation and innovation. The Programme promises major simplification from its predecessor (Framework Programme 7, ‘FP7’), especially in the areas of budgetary preparations, costing models, audits, proposal submissions and the contract negotiation process.

Running from 2014 to 2020 with a €70 billion budget, the proposed programme will consist of 3 pillars:

1. Excellent science

  • European Research Council awards – frontier research by excellent individual scientists and their research teams
  • Future and Emerging Technologies – collaborative research to open new fields of innovation
  • Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions – EU doctoral training networks; individual EU and International fellowships; reintegration grants
  • Research Infrastructures – ensuring access to world-class facilities

2. Competitive industries

  • Leadership in enabling & industrial technologies (ICT, nanotechnologies, materials, biotechnology, manufacturing, space)
  • Access to risk finance – leveraging private and venture capital for research
  • Innovation in SMEs – fostering all forms of SME innovation (Research for the benefit of SMEs will be a part of this scheme)

3. Better society

  • Addressing concerns of citizens and society/EU policy objectives on key issues (including climate; environment; energy; transport)
  • Breakthrough solutions from multidisciplinary collaborations, including social sciences & humanities
  • Promising solutions to be tested, demonstrated and scaled-up

Topical areas will include: Health, demographic change & well-being; Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research& the bio-economy; Secure, clean and efficient energy; Smart, green and integrated transport; Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; Inclusive, innovative and secure societies

Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative companies 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 the Programme being fully open to international participation, targeted Calls for proposals with key partner countries and regions outside the EU will focus on the EU’s strategic priorities.