Running from 2014 to 2020, and with a projected budget of some € 70 million Euro, Horizon 2020 is the new financial instrument designed to increase Europe’s global competitiveness.
A new integrated approach to funding research and innovation in Europe
It follows on the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the latest of which was FP7. New to the programme is a replacement of non-cohesive goals from diverse EC initiatives with a set of common objectives. As such Horizon 2020, is not only the successor to the previous Framework Programmes, but also includes innovation related activities from other European programmes.
Bridging the gap between research and the market
Horizon 2020 aims to increase Europe’s competitiveness by helping bridge the gap between research and the market. This market-driven approach will assemble the needed resources via the creation of partnerships with the private sector and the Member States. International collaboration is also a prominent feature.
Simplified rules for participation by research and business
The new approach of Horizon 2020 includes simplified and coherent rules for participation designed to allow researchers and businesses to take full advantage of the programme. A single set of rules will apply to the entire innovation chain, from cutting-edge research to marketable applications. And this coherency will be extended to include earlier EU programmes such as parts of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) that are now also included in Horizon 2020.
Despite these simplified rules and increased coherency, research and innovation funding in Europe will remain a competitive process involving calls for proposals, industry consortia, the academic world, and diverse other players. Bracquené knows and understands this process and can help your company use Horizon 2020 programmes to get the most out of its hard-won innovation and IP.