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Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:16

Societal challenges

Tackling Societal Challenges for a Better Society is one of the three key objectives of Horizon 2020. It benefits from 38.53% of the budget for 2014-2020.

For each of the identified societal challenges, dedicated Work Programmes set up the thematic priorities and topics that will be open to calls for proposals in the next 2 years. The Work programme for 2016-2017 is published. Many opportunities are available for SMEs and other Brussels-based organisations.

The 7 key challenges for the society that research and innovation projects shall address are:

• Health, demographic change and wellbeing (9.70% of H2020 budget)
• Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and bioeconomy (5% of H2020 budget)
• Securing reliable, clean and efficient Energy (7.70% of H2020 budget)
• Intelligent and green Transport (8.23% of H2020 budget)
• Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials (4% of H2020 budget)
• Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (1.70% of H2020 budget)
• Secure Societies (2.20% of H2020 budget)


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Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:10

Horizon 2020 in brief

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s new programme for research and innovation. It runs from 2014 to 2020 with a budget exceeding 80 billion euros.

H2020 combines all research and innovation funding previously provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development (FP7), the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation  Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The support for Research and Innovation under Horizon 2020 is implemented via three pillars (click in each category for more information):


    Excellent Science      

  Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies  

SME & Access to risk finance

  Societal Challenges    


A new set of rules has been designed to provide major simplifications for participants. Under Horizon 2020, there is only one funding rate per project whatever the type of activities and participants: 100% for research and innovation projects and 70% for innovation projects (closer to the market. Non profit organisations enjoy a 100% funding rate even for innovation projects. And one single rate of 25% for indirect costs for all participants.

The time-to-grant is reduced to 8 months (5 months for the evaluation process and 3 months for contract signing).

New funding mechanisms are available under the pillar "Societal Challenges" and "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies". Of utmost interest, the SME instrument aims to attract more innovative SMEs to Horizon 2020 and to accelerate the market introduction of new technologies, products, processes and services.

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