Horizon 2020 – the new EU research & innovation programme

Thursday, 16 January, 2014

The new research & innovation programme of the EU - Horizon 2020 - is the biggest European research programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. The funding allocated for the first two years (2014-2015) is more than €15 billion. In December 2013, the Commission has indicated funding priorities for the first two years of the programme, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty on the direction of EU research policy. Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions of project proposals, with more calls to follow over the course of the year.
Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe. The funding focuses on 7 principal challenges, among which “Secure, clean and efficient energy” and “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” occupy important positions. These challenges are closely related to research in geo-energy, the main focus of the ENeRG network, embracing research topics like Geothermal energy, Carbon capture and storage, Energy storage, Raw materials, etc.

Vít Hladík