Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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By making every European researcher digital, e-infrastructures increase creativity and efficiency of research and bridge the divide between developed and less developed communities and regions.

The overarching aim of the e-infrastructure activities in Horizon 2020 is to achieve by 2020 a single and open European space for on-line research where researchers enjoy leading-edge, ubiquitous and reliable services for networking and computing, and seamless and open access to e-Science environments and global data resources.

To achieve this goal, support will be given to:

  • global research and education networks providing advanced, standardised and scalable inter-domain services on-demand
  • data, grid and cloud infrastructures providing access to any type of data as well as virtually unlimited data processing and preservation capacity
  • an ecosystem of supercomputing facilities, advancing towards exascale
  • a software and service infrastructure, achieving excellence in strategic application domains and HPC take-up by SMEs, e.g. for simulation and visualisation, and
  • a globally interoperable, open and trusted infrastructure for scientific information.

The activities above related to the ecosystem of supercomputing facilities and to the achievement of excellence in HPC applications are part of the European HPC strategy.

The major changes in Horizon 2020 with regard to the previous framework programme (FP7) include the emphasis on innovation and the development of human resources, addressing industry as an e-infrastructure supplier and user, more resolve towards service orientation and service integration, and more emphasis on data infrastructure development.

In Horizon 2020 the e-infrastructure activities are part of the 'European Research Infrastructures, including e-infrastructures' programme. The indicative budget for e-infrastructures from 2014 to 2020 is 890 million euros.



24/09/2015 - 02:00
Brussels, Belgium,

The Converging Media and Content Unit will hold a workshop on Big Data and Media&Content on 24 September 2015. This workshop will provide an effective opportunity for European stakeholders to contribute to this topic, to discuss with key speakers and to influence the future activity in the European scenario. Please save the date. A link to web registration will be provided soon. Read more

Project stories

09/04/2014 - 11:19

Computers have been doubling in performance every two years for the last forty years but we are reaching the physical limits of what we can achieve with current semiconductor technology. An EU initiative for High Performance Computing (HPC) is looking to shake up the way in which computer processors are designed and made. The good news is that computers with higher performance will also lead to less power consumption; a win for computing and a win for the environment. Read more


01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more