The European Commission has presented a package of measures to boost research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe. Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced Horizon 2020, an EUR 80 billion programme for investment in research and innovation.
The Strategic Innovation Agenda for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will receive EUR 2.8 billion of funding under Horizon 2020. In parallel, Vice-President Antonio Tajani has announced a complementary new programme to boost competitiveness and innovation in SMEs, with an additional budget of EUR 2.5 billion. The funding programmes run from 2014 to 2020.
Watch the presentation on Horizon 2020.
A time line for Horizon 2020:
From 30/11: Parliament and Council negotiations on the basis of the Commission proposals
Ongoing: Parliament and Council negotiations on EU budget 2014-20 (including overall budget for Horizon 2020)
Mid 2012: Final calls under 7th Framework Programme for Research to bridge gap towards Horizon 2020
By end 2013: Adoption of legislative acts by Parliament and Council on Horizon 2020
1/1/2014: Horizon 2020 starts; launch of first calls.
(more information: website of Horizon2020)
Innovation Convention 2011
5-6 December 2011