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Horizon 2020 in a Nutshell

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bridges, vol. 33, May 2012 / Background Information

Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all the research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation-related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will:

• Strengthen the EU's position in science with a dedicated budget of €24,598 million. This will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including a 77 percent increase in funding for the very successful European Research Council (ERC)

• Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation with €17,938 million. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital, and support for SMEs

• Provide €31,748 million to help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an aging population.

Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by initiatives such as helping innovative enterprises to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential. This market-driven approach will include creating partnerships with the private sector and Member States to bring together the needed resources.

By 2014, Horizon 2020 will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim to break down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research, and innovation.


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