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Horizon 2020 launched with GBP 12.6 billion over first two years
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The European Commission has today 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 (see MEMO/13/1122).

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

    Horizon 2020 launched with GBP 12.6 billion over first two years

    European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "It's time to get down to business. Horizon 2020 funding is vital for the future of research and innovation in Europe, and will contribute to growth, jobs and a better quality of life. We have designed Horizon 2020 to produce results, and we have slashed red tape to make it easier to participate. So I am calling on researchers, universities, businesses including SMEs, and others to sign up!"

    For the first time, the Commission has indicated funding priorities over two years, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty than ever before on the direction of EU research policy. Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions as of today, with more to follow over the course of the year. Calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth 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.

    Background

    Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme with a seven year budget worth nearly GBP 67 billion (Euro 80 billion). Most EU research funding is allocated on the basis of competitive calls, but the budget for Horizon includes funding also for the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service; the European Institute for Innovation and Technology and research carried out within the framework of the Euratom Treaty. Separate calls will also be published under specific Partnerships with industry and with Member States (see IP/13/668). In 2014 the total EU research budget, including these items and administrative expenditure, will be around GBP 7.8 billion (Euro 9.3 billion), rising to around GBP 8.3 billion (Euro 9.9 billion) in 2015. Final 2015 amounts are subject to the decision on the 2015 annual budget.

    The funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in work programmes published on the EU's digital portal for research funding, which has been redesigned for quicker, paperless procedures. Participants will also find simpler programme architecture and funding, a single set of rules, and a reduced burden from financial controls and audits. 

    The 2014-15 calls include €500 million over two years dedicated to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a brand new SME Instrument.  Gender aspects are expected to be included in many of the projects, and there is funding to further stimulate debate on science's role within society. There are also new rules to make 'open access' a requirement for Horizon 2020, so that publications of project results are freely accessible to all.

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.
    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

     

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