Horizon 2020 is the EU´s new framework programme to boost research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a proposed €80 billion budget, Horizon 2020 will be focused on the three strategic objectives “Excellent science”, “Industrial leadership” and “Societal challenges”. For the first time, Horizon 2020 brings together all EU research and innovation funding under a single programme. It focuses more than ever on turning scientific breakthroughs – beyond scientific publication - into innovative and marketable products and services. At the same time it drastically cuts red tape, with simplification of rules and procedures to attract more top researchers and a broader range of innovative enterprises.