What is what? Horizon 2020?
More clearly, about the goals. The European Union is still among the best in the field of various technologies in the world, but the traditionally developed as well as the developing economies are representing an increasingly strong competition. The Horizon 2020 is the first programme to unite the research and innovation financing tools of the European Union into a unified framework. The programme is trying to strengthen the European Union’s scientific role in the world. A further target of the programme – at the same time as keeping its leading role in the industries – is to preserve the European Union’s role in the field of innovations, which they are hoping to achieve by subsidising key technologies with billions of Euros, by providing wider access to capital and by supporting small and medium ventures. There will be more emphasis than ever on encouraging the creation of innovative products and services that improve the lives of many and turn scientific break-throughs into business opportunities. At the same time, the programme drastically reduces the role of bureaucracy and with the simplification of roles and procedures, they are hoping to raise the attention of the best scientists and more innovative ventures. Thanks to the simplified programme structure, the unified regulations and the elimination of bureaucratic obstacles, the funding framework provided by the Horizon 2020 programme will improve already from 2014 and 2015.
New features. The newest features of the Horizon 2020 framework programme are the following: the cost-refund system is drastically simplified, which is based on one unified flat-rate financing that is used to define the indirect costs and two financing rates connected to the research and market activities; a unified access point is to be created for the participants; there will be less paperwork involved in the application process and unnecessary check-ups are to be eliminated. One of the most important goals is to reduce the time elapsing between handing in the applications and the receipt of the subsidies by 100 days so that all projects can be initiated faster.
Looking for solutions. The programme is looking for solutions for problems that pose challenges all over Europe: health, demographic changes and welfare, food security, sustainable agriculture and sea research. Research – Development – Innovation. In the next 7 years, the new scholarship programme of the European Union that received the name Horizon 2020 is going to provide the financial source for the R+D+I projects that are based on international cooperations. From the budget of 70, 2 billion Euros altogether, research centres, universities, innovative private businesses, small and medium ventures as well as industrial companies that carry out research development can benefit. More than 70 billion Euros will be devoted to R+D+I projects. Gathering of information about the new programme is vital for every company and institution that plans to apply for any kind of grant from the European Union in the R+D+I sector – from base research to product development - between 2014 and 2020.
Summary. The Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s unified research framework programme for the 2014-2020 period. It is a 7 year financial frame that includes research and innovation subsidies and for the realisation of which a total sum of 87 billion Euros will be made available.
Written by Veronika Szőnyi
Translated by Judit Molnár