Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly € 80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014-2020).
It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Horizon 2020 is structured around three pillars having each specific objectives :
Horizon 2020 will bolster the EU's position as a world leader in science, attracting the best brains and helping our scientists collaborate and share ideas across Europe. It will help talented people and innovative firms boost Europe's competitiveness, creating jobs along the way, and contributing to a higher standard of living benefiting everyone.
Europe needs to invest in promising and strategic technologies, such as those used in advanced manufacturing and micro-electronics. But public funding alone is not enough: the EU needs to encourage businesses to invest more in research, and target areas where they can work with the public sector to boost innovation.
This "Industrial leadership" pillar consists of three specific objectives :
The European Union has identified 7 priority challenges where targeted investment in research and innovation can have a real impact benefitting the citizen :
Horizon 2020 is open to participation by researchers from all over the world. It supports EACH research actor, whether public or private: businesses (small, medium or large), universities, research centres...
As of the 1st January 2014.