The new EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, has opened. Between 2014 and 2020, Seventy billion Euros will contribute to excellent European research, address societal challenges and increase industrial competitiveness.
Horizon 2020 supports free excellent research, more market oriented research and innovation as well as research targeted to address societal challenges. From 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020 two-year Work Programme calls will be published at the European Commission Participant Portal.
It comprises three sections representing politically prioritized research areas:
A number of new features are introduced in Horizon 2020 to make the participation in the framework programme easier such as:
- Bi-annual instead of annual working programme cycles allowing more time for planning and writing applications;
- Public institutions participating in research projects will be fully reimbursed for direct costs. Covering indirect costs up to 25 percent;
- Speeding up the proposal evaluation thus shortening the process from application to project start to eight months;
- Full time project staff will not be required to submit time sheets; and
- Applications and management of all projects will be handled via the Participant Portal.