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Horizon 2020 is the European Commission programme for financing European research and innovation projects. The goal is to ensure Europe continues to produce world-class science projects.
In 2014 Horizon 2020 started with a budget of €80 billion for the next 7 years, to invest in innovative projects. The aim of the programme is to invest in our future, in sustainable and inclusive growth, and jobs. To achieve this, Horizon 2020 couples research and innovation with its emphasis on industrial leadership, excellent science and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure that Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Horizon 2020 focus areas
Horizon 2020 is open to everyone and has a broad range of focus areas:
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
- Secure, clean and efficient energy
- Inclusive and secure society
- Food and natural resources
MSCA (Marie Curie program) has 5 different types of grants available in the MSCA program, aiming to set up different types of training networks or training programs. Other grants fund fellowships or events to increase the popularity of science in society. Marie Curie aims to enhance the skills of researchers or science staff in different stages of their career and the possibility to improve your career in science. In a lot of the grants the mobility principle is an important requirement, the researchers need to travel towards another country to gain skills, expertise or a fellowship.
European Innovation Council
Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) is now central part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, targeting radically new, breakthrough products, services, processes or business models that open up new markets.
The EIC Accelerator (previously known as SME Instrument Phase 2) is part of the European Innovation Council pilot Work Programme that supports top-class innovative entrepreneurs, specifically SMEs.
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