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Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available and running from 2014 to 2020. It stems from the combination of Europe2020 and Innovation Union, aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness by driving economic growth and creating jobs.
Through investment support on research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
The Horizon 2020 programme consists of three core themes or 'pillars':
- Excellent science
- Industrial leadership
- Societal challenges
Horizon 2020 aims to raise the level of excellence in Europe's science base and ensure a steady stream of world-class research to secure long-term competitiveness in Europe. It supports the best ideas, develops European talent and provides researchers with access to a research infrastructure.
Horizon 2020 will make Europe a more appealing location to invest in research and innovation. The programme seeks to stimulate the growth potential of European companies, targeting SMEs in particular. It will provide major investment in key industrial technologies, maximise the growth potential of European companies by providing them with adequate levels of finance and help innovative SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.
Horizon 2020 is aligned with Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. It follows a challenge-based approach that brings together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities.
Detailed information on the different Heath research and innovation funding opportunities can be accessed via the figure below:
- Research Infrastructures
- Access to Risk Finance
- Food security
- Climate action