"Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation" (2014 – 2020) is the European Union’s main instrument for funding European research and is the world's largest research funding programme.
With its budget of approx. € 80 billion, the programme to support research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe aims
- to provide a secure basis for science and technology in Europe,
- to provide direct economic incentives and to boost future industrial competitiveness and
- to create the conditions necessary for a more intelligent, sustainable and better integrated society.
Horizon 2020 is the first initiative to bring EU research and innovation together in one overarching project. The programme aims to turn a greater number of scientific advances into innovative products and services, thus creating new business opportunities and contributing to improving people’s lives in Europe. The Horizon 2020 funding programme incorporates the original EU Framework Programme for RTD (RP7+), the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), which encourages innovation, and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).
The research agendas for the H2020 Framework Programme are based on the following three areas:
- Scientific excellence with European Research Council Grants, Future and Emerging Technology, Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions and research infrastructures
- Market leadership in key technologies, risk financing and SME development support
- Societal challenges in the fields of health and wellbeing, nutrition, energy, transport, climate protection and security, the humanities and the social and cultural sciences
In addition to EIT and EURATOM, Horizon 2020 also incorporates the EU’s Joint Research Centres (JRC).