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Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

In June 2018 the EC adopted its proposal for the follow-up Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020. Horizon Europe will be launched on 1 January 2021. Different from the funding structure of H2020, Horizon Europe will focus on RIA and IA; CSA will be then funded by the LIFE programme.

Information taken from the EC H2020 Website.

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Support to the realisation of the Implementation Plans of the SET Plan LC-SC3-JA-2-2018-2019 SET Plan 27.08.19 The Strategic Energy Technology Plan of the European Union focusses on ...
Development of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system (RIA)LC-SC3-RES-16-2019 Bioenergy carriers (marginal lands) 27.08.19 Supporting the balancing of the power grid and increasing the flexibility of the energy system is possible through dispatchable renewable energy sources, ...
Development of next generation biofuel and alternative renewable fuel technologies for aviation and shipping (RIA)LC-SC3-RES-23-2019 Biofuel (aviation; shipping) 27.08.19 Decarbonising the aviation and shipping transport sectors, which are ...
Support for the opening of low-carbon energy research databases in EuropeLC-SC3-CC-3-2019 LC data base 27.08.19 Recent advances in the collection and exploitation of large data sets open the ...


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