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Welcome to Horizon 2020

The new EU research programme was launched on Wednesday 11 December. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme to date. Some €79 billion of funding is available for 2014-2020. Energy research and innovation is one of the key priorities in Horizon 2020.  Addressing the key societal challenge "Secure, clean and efficient energy" (pdf icon 1.6 MB) it has been conceived to support the transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system. There is also a separate but complementary programme for nuclear energy (pdf icon 1 MB) research activities adopted under the Euratom Treaty. In terms of budget, Horizon 2020 will dedicate €5 931 million for non-nuclear energy research for the period 2014-2020 and €1 603 million for nuclear research for the period 2014-2018. Some of the first calls have closed but others have just opened.


SET Plan Integrated Roadmap – towards an Energy Union in Research & Innovation

The Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan Integrated Roadmap, the result of in-depth consultation and inputs from more than 150 stakeholders and the SET Plan steering committee from the Member States, was presented on 10 December 2014 in Rome during the 7th SET Plan Conference. Over 650 energy stakeholders from all across Europe and beyond gathered to discuss the new developments of the SET Plan addressing research & innovation challenges and needs of the EU energy system.

The Integrated Roadmap (pdf icon 2.76 MB) addresses the Research and Innovation needs of the entire energy system. It is structured along four main energy policy challenges:  active consumers, demand (energy efficiency), system optimisation and supply. This approach, which integrates all the elements of the energy system, is recognised as a pioneering action to foster the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Integrated Roadmap will be the basis of an Action Plan in energy R&I for the next few years and will be developed in partnership with the Member States with the aim of better coordinating R&I investments.

Introduction

Cooking a dinner, heating a house, lighting a street, keeping a hospital open, running a factory – all these require energy. Energy is thus at the heart of everybody's quality of life and a crucial factor for economic competiveness and employment... read more