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About Horizon 2020

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Horizon 20/20 is the replacement to Framework research funding programmes, running from 2014/2020, with a revised (June 2013) Budget of 70.2 Billion Euros for ‘research and innovation as part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe’. Science will have a dedicated budget of approx 24 Billion Euros. International cooperation will be an important cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020. In addition to Horizon 2020 being fully open to international participation, targeted actions with key partner countries and regions will focus on the EU’s strategic priorities. Through a new strategy, a strategic and coherent approach to international cooperation will be ensured across Horizon 2020 with a long term aim to achieve an increase in spending on R & D to 3% of GDP by 2020.

The core elements of Horizon 2020 are:

  • responding to economic crisis
  • addressing people’s concerns about their livelihoods, environment and safety and
  • Strengthening the EUs global position in research, innovation and technology.

Horizon 2020 has been developed through the active involvement of stakeholders from EU parliamentary groups to a survey of institutions who have won FP7 funding which has resulted in a simplification of the overall framework, simplifying the rules of participation and making access to funding much easier for universities and companies alike.

 Priorities for Funding

Horizon 20/20 will focus funding on three distinct and mutually enforcing priorities where there is clear Union added value. These three priorities are:

Priority One – Excellent Science

This will reinforce and extend the excellence of the EUs science base in order to make the EU research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale. This will be funded under 4 programmes:

  • Marie Curie actions will provide excellent and innovative research training plus attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers to best prepare them to face current and future societal challenges.
  • European Research Council (ERC) will provide attractive and flexible funding to enable talented and creative individual researchers and their teams to pursue the most promising avenues at the frontier of science;
  • Future and Emerging Technologies will support collaborative research in order to extend Europe‘s capacity for advanced and paradigm-changing innovation. They foster scientific collaboration across disciplines on radically new, high-risk ideas and accelerate development of the most promising emerging areas of science and technology as well as the EU-wide structuring of the corresponding scientific communities.
  • Research Infrastructures will develop European research infrastructure for 2020 and beyond, foster their innovation potential and human capital, and add the related European Union policy and international cooperation.

These activities are focused on building skills in the long term and on the next generation of science, technology, researchers and innovations and providing support for emerging talent from across the whole of the European Union and associated countries, as well as worldwide.

Priority Two – Industrial Leadership

This aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin future businesses and help innovative SMEs to grow into world-leading companies. It consists of three specific objectives:

  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies which will provide dedicated support for research, development and demonstration on ICT, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space. Emphasis will be placed on interactions and convergence across and between the different technologies.
  • Access to risk finance in order to overcome deficits in the availability of debt and equity finance for innovative companies and projects at all stages of development  (including supporting the development of Union-level venture capital)
  • Innovation in SMEs which will stimulate all forms of innovation in SMEs, targeting those with the potential to grow and internationalise across the single market and beyond.

Priority Three – Societal Challenges

The emphasis will be on bringing together a critical mass of resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and scientific disciplines in order to address challenges and activities will cover the full cycle from research to market, with a focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, support for public procurement, social innovation and market take-up of innovations. Social sciences and Humanities shall be an integral part of the activities to address all the challenges. Funding will focus on:

  • Health, demographic change and well-being;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and the bio-economy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Inclusive, innovative and secure societies.

Developments with LEPs

 The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) is a pan-London partnership that supports collaboration between London business, the Mayor and the boroughs. The LEP operates through the Greater London Authority (GLA). The London LEP  has responsibility for overseeing the development of London’s strategy for EU Structural Investment Funds 2014-2020.  The London LEP will receive €748.6m in EU SIF between 2014 and 2020. This is approximately 11% more than London’s ESF and ERDF budget for the current programming period (2007-2013).  UEL has been actively engaged in supporting the LEP to develop a strategy, through our engagement with HE stakeholder groups and LEP colleagues.

The LEP also aims to:

  • to provide a strong voice to government on matters affecting London’s economic development and competitiveness;
  • to advise on the delivery of Enterprise Zones in London;
  • to champion a small number of enterprise, innovation, growth, skills and employment themes in London;
  • to contribute towards the delivery of the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy and the London Plan

The LEP has established four working groups to help deliver jobs and growth for London:

  • Skills & employment: to ensure Londoners have the skills to compete for and sustain London’s jobs;
  • Micro, small & medium sized enterprises: to support and grow London’s businesses;
  • Digital creative, science & technology: for the capital to be recognised globally as world leading hub; for science, technology and innovation – creating new jobs and growth; and
  • Infrastructure: to keep London moving and functioning. – See more at:
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