Area Horizon 2020

During the second day of our Forum, all participants are invites to find potential partners for the next call for proposals of the European Horizon 2020 programs. Meeting rooms will be available for exchanging of ideas, networking and potentially outlining joint proposals. This can be a great opportunity to find synergies among individuals and organizations that allow a larger number of projects to move forward and become a reality.

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. It will lead to more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Almost €80 billion1 of funding is available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money will attract. Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that investment in research and innovation is essential for Europe’s future and so put it at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this by coupling research to innovation and focusing on three key areas: excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science and technology that drives economic growth. EU research funding under previous framework programmes has already brought together scientists and industry both within Europe and from around the world to find solutions to a vast array of challenges. Their innovations have improved lives, helped protect the environment and made European industry more sustainable and competitive. Horizon 2020 is open to participation by researchers from all over the world.

Excellent science, competitive industry and tackling societal challenges are the 3 main goals at the heart of Horizon 2020. Targeted funding will help to ensure that the best ideas are brought to the market faster – and are used in our cities, hospitals, factories, shops and homes as quickly as possible.
Excellent science 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.
Industrial leadership. To be the best at what it does, 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
Societal challenges. The EU has identified seven priority challenges where targeted investment in research and innovation can have a real impact benefitting the citizen:
– Health, demographic change and wellbeing
– Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
– Secure, clean and efficient energy
– Smart, green and integrated transport
– Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
– Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
– Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.