Horizon 2020 is the EU funding programme for research and innovation, running from 2014 to 2020. Its 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. It has a budget of around €80Bn and a stronger focus on innovation compared with the previous Framework Programme 7 (FP7), which ran from 2007 until 2013.
There are three main pillars within Horizon 2020:
- Excellent Science
- Industrial Leadership
- Societal Challenges
Horizon 2020 work programmes
Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are generally set out in multiannual work programmes. These are developed in consultation with stakeholders including the Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups, Expert Groups, Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) and the programme committee for each challenge.
The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting. Through this programme, several European countries are important bilateral partners for the UK.