Start the engine: I want my community to be racing ahead in terms of transport technology. From autonomous vehicles to alternative fuels, the EU is investing in making cars greener and more energy efficient. This includes eliminating frustrating traffic jams by choreographing driverless cars, right through to developing roads that charge my electric vehicle while I wait at a red light.
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MY TECHNOLOGY. MY LIFE.
Research brings benefits to me, my family and the planet
How can we do more with less? With an ever-increasing population and limited natural resources, it’s vital we continue to find ways to reuse the resources we have. The EU is doing this by investing in projects that breathe new life into waste materials. Take new technology that can turn coffee grounds into ink, for instance. Knowing that I’m helping the environment makes my morning espresso taste even better.
From Wi-Fi enabled speakers and games consoles, to a kettle I can switch on via my smartphone, it’s safe to say that the objects in my house are very much online. But with each smart device I connect, my home network becomes more open to hacking. So, how can I protect myself? Scientists think that Blockchain technology may be the answer. Thanks to EU funded research, my network will be watertight and my data secure in the future.
They say good things come in small packages, and in the case of nanotechnologies, it’s true. The EU has invested €1.8 billion between 2018 and 2020 in the development of safe microscopic technology. Despite being the size of an atom, it can help me in my daily life – from being weaved into clothes to reduce sensitive skin conditions, to travelling through my bloodstream to deliver drugs to the site of a tumour.
Let’s face it – disease and illness are facts of life. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be beaten. The EU is investing billions of euros into research to find state-of-the-art cures for conditions that directly affect me or my family, such as cancer. I can be calm knowing that cutting-edge research is looking for new treatments and cures for me and my loved ones.
How it works
My passion is for cutting-edge technology that makes our lives smarter and more sustainable. Horizon 2020 is the EU’s research and development programme, investing €77 billion in new, innovative and smart technology between 2014 and 2020. €30 billion has been devoted to funding projects in the next two years alone. Reducing our carbon emissions, reusing our current resources, and building a digital society are big challenges, and being an EU citizen means that I’m part of the search for solutions.
Did you know
The total budget of Horizon 2020, the EU’s programme for research and development.
potential projects requested Horizon 2020 funding between 2014 and 2016.
Two of the 2017 Nobel Prize winners in chemistry have worked on EU funded projects, such as the development of better electron microscope technologies.
researchers and scientists have been supported by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions programme over the last two decades, nine of whom have even won Nobel Prizes.
State-of-the-art EU funded technology is being used to observe climate systems via satellites, in order to develop clear information about the past, present and future state of the climate in Europe.
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