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MY TECHNOLOGY. MY LIFE.

Research brings benefits to me, my family and the planet

POLE POSITION

POLE POSITION

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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REDUCING WASTE

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.

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REDUCING WASTE
BLOCKING THE HACKERS

BLOCKING THE HACKERS

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.

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A LITTLE HELP

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.

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A LITTLE HELP
TAKING CARE

TAKING CARE

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.

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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

€77 billion

The total budget of Horizon 2020, the EU’s programme for research and development.

115235

potential projects requested Horizon 2020 funding between 2014 and 2016.

Prize winners

Two of the 2017 Nobel Prize winners in chemistry have worked on EU funded projects, such as the development of better electron microscope technologies.

110,000+

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.

Blast off!

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.

The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene

Although her youth is long behind her, Gisela still longs to experience the sights of Europe. Her grandchildren decide to raise enough money to send her on her dream adventure, but their plan has unexpected results...

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Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

After becoming lost and stranded in a menacing forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home.

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Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois

Alex is an energetic twenty five year-old who will do anything he can to keep dancing. Trapped in a restrictive job, he's suddenly hit by a spark of inspiration.

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The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki

A man of the wilderness, Jan lives alone in a cabin in the Polish mountains. But when destiny interrupts his solitary lifestyle, he must devise a plan in order to follow his heart.

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Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

A young Croatian farmer dreams of becoming a professional football star. But before pursuing his ambition on the pitch, he must first face the truth about who he really is.

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The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

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