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The European Union Delegation in Sri Lanka held an information day on 'Horizon 2020,' the EU's flagship research and innovation programme, on 8 March 2019 at the Faculty of Education auditorium. The information day targeted Sri Lanka's scientific and business community, as 'Horizon 2020' is the largest, global research and innovation programme with a budget of almost EUR 80 billion for the 2014 – 2020 period. It aims to fund mobility grants for scientists and the collaborative research projects of researchers and innovators from Europe and beyond, including Sri Lanka.
With the idea of taking great ideas from the lab to the market, the programme invites collaborative research from across the world on science, technology, and innovation aiming at collectively addressing societal challenges, such as climate change, energy efficiency, health, food security, green transport, involving both public and private actors. Bringing together participants from business, academia, research institutes, think tanks and government, the Information Day offered detailed information on the topics and sectors funded under Horizon 2020, its rules of participation, including how to prepare a proposal or obtain mobility grants to leading European Institutes.
EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue said, “Both Sri Lanka and the European Union will benefit from strengthened research, innovation and scientific links. Sri Lanka should make good use of the funding opportunities available under Horizon 2020”.
For further information contact:
Mr. Ranjan Kathiravel
Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives,