Scientific excellence, industrial leadership, and tackling societal challenges are the objectives of the EU’s new multiyear program (2014-2020) for funding research and innovation. With a budget of €79 billion—more than $100 billion—Horizon 2020 is the latest program in more than three decades of EU support for research and technological development.
Emphasizing transnational collaboration and maximizing the synergies among different disciplines in science and technology, while relating them directly to concrete issues, Horizon 2020 is designed to foster ideas, growth, and jobs and produce world-class science, remove barriers to innovation, and make it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Horizon 2020 brings together a broad spectrum of stakeholders and offers easier access to more funding to researchers in more fields. It also brings research and innovation closer together by providing seamless support from scientific discovery to commercialization— from the lab to the shopping cart.