Horizon 2020 has an EU-wide budget of €77 billion making it the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme. Horizon 2020 includes 19 different programmes ranging from ICT to Marie Curie Actions to Science With And For Society. Promoting research and innovation, Horizon 2020 promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by helping higher education organisations and businesses take their innovative ideas from the lab to the market.
Securing Europe’s global competitiveness, strengthening its position in science and its industrial leadership in innovation by providing major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs. The programme aims at tackling societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market. Horizon 2020 is designed to be a different kind of EU research programme - funding the entire value creation chain from fundamental research through to market innovation.
Horizon 2020 is of particular interest to Universities and research bodies – however, although regional partners such as Local Authorities and other sectors are unlikely to be lead research organisations, non-research bodies can still help with testing activities and citizen feedback on issues such as environmental projects, transport technologies.