The first call for applications to obtain funding under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-15 was launched last week. The Work Programme 2014-15 includes 12 focus areas with a total budget of €2 billion. All opportunities, challenges to be addressed and activities to be covered are available on the Participant Portal. Read more…
Resource efficiency is one of these focus areas with a budget of €73 million for 2014. Research will address current production and consumption patterns, waste prevention, product design for re-use and recyclability, ways to recover raw materials, and innovative ways to prevent and manage waste. Energy efficiency and low-carbon energy, with a budget of €98 million and €359 million respectively, will also be covered. These will focus on energy efficiency in buildings and industry, as well as supporting the transition to renewable clean energy and its integration into the energy system.
Moreover, this year’s budget will cover water innovation and activities that contribute to the Strategic Innovation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Water. Sustainable food security will be another important area of focus, with a budget of €138 million to help develop resource-efficient aquatic and terrestrial food production systems, promote safe and healthy diets, and support food security. Research in this area is estimated to help deliver a 20% gain in resource use efficiency. Other themes included in the Work Programme 2014-15 are healthcare, marine conservation, digital security, smart cities and communities, transport, overcoming the financial crisis and disaster resilience.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest research programme in the European Union and will run for seven years. It will provide a research budget of around €80 billion. The 12 focus areas represent approximately 15% of the total number of calls covered by the Work Programme and are wide enough to encourage innovative ideas from applicants.
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