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Horizon 2020 launched with GBP 12.6 billion over first two years
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Published on 11-12-13

The European Commission has for the first time invited applications for funding (calls for projects) under Horizon 2020, the European Union's GBP 67 billion (Euro 80 billion) research and innovation programme. Worth more than GBP 12.6 billion (Euro 15 billion) over the first two years, the funding covers 12 areas including topics such as personalised healthcare, digital security and smart cities.

    Horizon 2020 launched with GBP 12.6 billion over first two years

    The UK is among the top beneficiaries of EU science and research funding ranking second in both the number of applicants and as budget share under the existing programmes UK country sheet

    Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions as of 11 December. This budget alone is around GBP 6.5 billion (Euro 7.8 billion), with funding focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020:

    • Excellent Science: Around GBP 2.5 billion (Euro 3 billion), including GBP 1.4 billion (Euro 1.7 billion) for grants from the European Research Council for top scientists and GBP 670 million (Euro 800 million) for Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie fellowships for younger researchers (see MEMO/13/1123).
    • Industrial Leadership: GBP 1.5 billion (Euro 1.8 billion) to support Europe's industrial leadership in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space.
    • Societal challenges: GBP 2.3 billion (Euro 2.8 billion) for innovative projects addressing Horizon 2020's seven societal challenges, broadly: health; agriculture, maritime and bioeconomy; energy; transport; climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; reflective societies; and security.

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