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Towards new horizons: new budget and new calls for proposals on research and innovation

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After the final adoption by the Council of the new research and innovation programme, the European Commission launched the first call for proposals on Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme with a seven year budget

On the 11th December 2013 The European Commission has for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

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. This includes 12 areas that will be a focus for action in 2014/2015, including topics such as personalised healthcare, digital security and smart cities

For the first time, the Commission has indicated funding priorities over two years, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty than ever before on the direction of EU research policy.

The funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in work programmes published on the EU's digital portal for research funding, which has been redesigned for quicker, paperless procedures. Participants will also find simpler programme architecture and funding, a single set of rules, and a reduced burden from financial controls and audits.

Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions, with more to follow over the course of the year. Calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth around €7.8 billion, with funding 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

For more information on calls for proposals HERE

NCP Brussels is the team of officially nominated National Contact Point on Horizon 2020 and can help Brussels-based applicants find their way and submit successful proposals. Do not hesitate to contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

 

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