Horizon 2020 - the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever
In 2011 the EU Heads of State and Government called on the European Commission to bring together all of the previous EU's research and innovation funding under a single common strategic framework. The Commission launched a wide-ranging consultation involving all key stakeholders which has led to Horizon 2020.
Horizon 2020 is the main financial instrument implementing Innovation Union, one of the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. It helps to bridge the gap between research and the market by helping innovative enterprises develop their scientific and technological breakthroughs into viable products and services with real commercial potential. Funding provided by Horizon 2020 is easier to access thanks to simpler, streamlined programs, a single set of rules and less red tape.
The European Union and Russia are both world leaders in the generation of scientific insights. The EU produces a third of the world’s scientific knowledge and is at the forefront in many research areas. Russia has a long and proud history as one of the world’s leading scientific nations and is a founding father of many of today’s scientific schools and knowledge.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.
By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.
To learn more about the programme and how to get funding please click here and visit the official web site