The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Horizon 2020 is the current European framework programme for Research and Innovation. It counts with a total budget of 72.000 M€, to be distributed from 2014 to 2020.
It provides a new approach for European R&D and innovation funding, aiming to contribute to economic growth and to create job positions in Europe, as referenced in the Europe 2020 Strategy.
This programme represents a huge opportunity to obtain generous funding for excellent R&I initiatives. The European Commission has allocated 4,200 M€ to initiatives related to the challenge:
“Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy“.
There are mainly three funding lines, which have been designed to obtain funding both for private and public entities, from SMEs to research centers:
The SME instrument has been designed specifically for single or groups of highly innovative SMEs with international ambitions, determined to turn strong, innovative business ideas into winners on the market.
Collaborative projects are initiatives that require a minimum of three participants from three different EU Member States or from H2020 associated countries.
Fast Track to Innovation
The Fast Track to Innovation Programme aims to support Europe’s economy by offering innovative businesses and organisations grants to give a final push to get great ideas to market.