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European Commission Representation in Ireland: Research, Innovation and Science: Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

What happens after FP7 ends in 2013?

In October 2010 Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the Commissioner for Science, Research & Innovation, launched the Innovation Union(IU) – a new initiative that puts research and innovation at the heart of the European Union's policies to boost growth and jobs.

The Innovation Union aims to do three things:

  1. transform Europe's world class science base into a world-beating one;
  2. make coherent use of public sector intervention to stimulate the private sector; and
  3. remove the remaining bottlenecks to the commercialisation of good ideas.

Horizon 2020 – the new European instrument for research and innovation funding - is designed to help deliver jobs, prosperity and a better quality of life.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 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 Development (FP7), the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

What's new?

  • A single programme bringing together three separate programmes / initiatives
  • Coupling research to innovation - from research to retail, all forms of innovation 
  • Focus on societal challenges facing EU society, e.g. health, clean energy and transport 
  • Simplified access, for all companies, universities, institutes in all EU countries and beyond.

What’s in Horizon 2020 for me? 

  • Excellent Science
    Strengthening the EU’s position in science with a dedicated budget of € 24,598 million. 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 (ERC). 
  • Competitive Industries
    Strengthening industrial leadership in innovation € 17,938 million. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
  • Better Society
    Providing € 31,748 million 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. 

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

A time line for Horizon 2020

From 30/11: Parliament and Council negotiations on the basis of the Commission proposals.

Ongoing: Parliament and Council negotiations on EU budget 2014-20 (including overall budget for Horizon 2020).

Mid 2012: Final calls under 7th Framework Programme for Research to bridge gap towards Horizon 2020.

By end 2013: Adoption of legislative acts by Parliament and Council on Horizon 2020

1/1/2014: Horizon 2020 starts; launch of first calls. Horizon 2020 will be adopted using the "ordinary legislative procedure" (formerly known as "co-decision").

Star Projects

Videos from the Star Projects website related to the themes of Horizon 2020

Country profile and featured projects for Ireland

More information on Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Country profiles and featured projects

Breakdown of the Horizon 2020 budget  

Factsheet: FP7 Cooperation themes in Horizon 2020  

Factsheet: Industrial participation in Horizon 2020  

Factsheet: SMEs in Horizon 2020  

Factsheet: Rules - especially simplification - under Horizon 2020  

Factsheet: Widening participation in Horizon 2020  

Factsheet: ICT in Horizon 2020  

Factsheet: International participation in Horizon 2020   

Horizon 2020 PowerPoint presentation

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn's website

Last update: 13/06/2012  |Top