Horizon 2020

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling 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.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

INSPIRATION: contributing to EU challenges

The Horizon 2020 work programme calls for research and innovation (R&I) that will help Europeans achieve meaningful, harmonious and lasting existence in the face of significant driving forces. The INSPIRATION work programme will derive a SRA to directly address these challenges through understanding the SSW system and identifying land use and land management practises that can:

  • Contribute to food security and food safety
  • Ensure secure supplies of safe drinking water
  • Secure energy supply and distribution
  • Reduce Raw material and resource consumption
  • Ensure efficient use of natural resources
  • Contribute to climate change mitigation and societal adaptation.

Dernière mise à jour le 01.06.2015