Horizon 2020, with nearly €80 billion of funding available, brings a greatly strengthened focus on supporting innovation compared to previous programmes. A big proportion of this huge budget will be used to fund researchers and innovators who cooperate in international project consortia in order to deliver technological advances and breakthroughs.
Horizon 2020 provides easy access to € 2.8 Billion to SMEs for funding research and innovation businesses and accelerating the exploitation of innovations.
Horizon 2020 supports Innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) through a new dedicated SME instrument. This instrument it is managed by the Executive agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).
The EU financially supports many research and innovation projects in the field of ICT for health and wellbeing ('eHealth').
The EU funds eHealth projects which have the interest of the citizens at their core, such as projects which aim at diagnosing a patient more accurately and more quickly; which make self-monitoring possible and/or help create better and safer care in general.
The ICT innovation strategy under Horizon 2020 focuses on ensuring that the rapid changes occurring in ICT technology develop into tangible benefits for European citizens.
ICT innovation in Horizon 2020 focuses on societal challenges common to all Europeans, creating a more entrepreneurial ICT ecosystem in Europe, and helping innovative companies bring new products to the market faster.
Multidisciplinary research and innovation actions show how digital classrooms, using tablets, 3D technology and flexible space arrangements can help drive creativity, innovation and curiosity.
Hundreds of thousands of students and thousands of schools with their staff will be included in pilot projects on learning innovation funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, which are expected to provide valuable information on the drivers and challenges of education in the digital age.