Horizon 2020 launched as first calls for proposals are released
Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship €80 billion research and innovation fund was launched on 11th December. The European Commission has moved quickly to release calls for proposals worth more than €15 billion over the first two years. The funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives.
The €7.8 billion budget for 2014 is focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020:
- Excellent Science: Around €3 billion, including €1.7 billion for grants from the European Research Council for top scientists and €800 million for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships for younger researchers
- Industrial Leadership: €1.8 billion to support Europe's industrial leadership in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space.
- Societal challenges: €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.
The funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in work programmes published on the EU's digital portal for research funding. The Commission has aimed to design the application process to be simple and quicker than previous programmes.
The Commission has been holding a series of information days on each of the priority areas. Videos of the conferences can be streamed online and the work programmes can be downloaded:
- Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials (12 November 2013)
- Energy (5 December 2013)
- Smart, Green and Integrated Transport (18th December 2013)
- Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bioeconomy (17 January 2014)
More information – press release, full list of 2014 calls