Horizon 2020

  1. Work programmes and calls in Horizon 2020
  2. European Commission proposal: Research and Innovation Framework Programme
  3. Timetable and budget
  4. What is BayFOR's contribution?
  5. Links

1. Work programmes and calls in Horizon 2020

In October, 2017, the European Commission published the Work Programm 2018-2020 as well as first Calls for Proposals:

Work Programmes
Calls for Proposals

2. European Commission proposal: Research and Innovation Framework Programme

Horizon 2020 is the name of the new framework programme for research and innovation, with a funding of € 80 billion for a seven year period (the 7th research framework programme has had a budget of €54 billion). Horizon 2020 combines the three following strategic priorities and sees research and innovation combined for the first time:

  • Boosting scientific excellence in Europe by for example increasing funding to the European Research Council (ERC)
  • Boosting competitiveness through modernisation projects and in particular by removing barriers to innovation
  • An essential contribution to addressing social challenges

The new framework programme is the pearl in the EU 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and aims to overcome some of the problems which have arisen with the previous funding policy, such as the complexity of the various funding instruments and mechanisms. Simplification and a focus on proven methods and tools should also limit the diversity of funding rules and procedures.

These simplifications should pave the way for greater participation by business and industry. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular should find it easier to access European funding as the Commission views them as the key to increased growth and more jobs.

The aim is to cover the entire chain of innovation – in addition to fundamental research, the programme will concentrate on application, innovation and tapping into new markets.

Horizon 2020 focuses on the current challenges of society by bridging the gap between science and the market, e.g. to help innovative companies with technological break-throughs which will benefit the people of Europe. This primarily involves the following challenges:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and bio-economy
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Inclusive, innovative and secure societies
  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials

3. Timetable and budget

On February 8th, 2013 the European Heads of State and Government agreed on a budget of around EUR 71 billion for Horizon 2020 during the EU multiannual financial framework (MFF) negotiations. The three major projects Galileo, ITER and GMES are to be financed outside Horizon 2020, as well as the programme "Connecting Europe". The European Parliament, however, rejected the proposal, on March 13th, 2013 and thus has initiated re-negotiations.

On June 27th, 2013, the Chairman of the Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission agreed on a budget of €960 billion for the entire MFF. In addition, there was an informal agreement between the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission on Horizon 2020 on a percentage allocation to the three programme pillars as follows: 31.73 percent of the funds for pillar I "excellence in the science base", 22.09 percent for pillar II "creating industrial leadership and competitive frameworks " and 38.53 percent for pillar III "tackling societal challenges". The European Institute of Technology EIT and the parts of the former CIP programme relevant to research should also be financed under the Horizon 2020 budget. The budget of Horizon 2020 will be 80 billion euros. A binding vote on it has taken place in autumn 2013.

4. What is BayFOR's contribution?

  • The Bavarian Research Alliance (EU liaison office in Brussels) has been following the legislative process and continually providing information about trends and the debate currently underway in the Council and European Parliament
  • Topical events provide information regarding the different work programmes and general issues.
  • Advice and support on applications for the calls for tenders

5. Links

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