EU Council adopts Horizon 2020
Yesterday the Council of the European Union adopted the “Horizon 2020” programme for research and innovation for the years 2014 to 2020.
Horizon 2020 will replace the EU’s 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), which runs until the end of 2013. Compared with FP7, the new programme is expected to further eliminate fragmentation in the fields of scientific research and innovation.
Horizon 2020, with a budget of around 77 billion euros, will support the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs, as well as the goal of strengthening the scientific and technological bases by contributing to achieving a European Research Area in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely.
Horizon 2020 focuses on three priorities:
– generating excellent science (in order to strengthen the Union’s world-class scientific excellence and make the Union research and innovation system more competitive),
– fostering industrial leadership (to speed up the development of technologies that will support businesses and innovation, including for small companies) , and
– tackling societal challenges (in order to respond to the priorities identified in the Europe 2020 strategy by supporting activities covering the entire chain from research to market).