Published the new Work Programme of Horizon2020 for the period 2018-2020

In October 31, 2017

Published the new Work Programme of Horizon2020 for the period 2018-2020

The European Commission on 27th October 2017 announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020.

Over the next 3 years, the Commission will seek greater impact of its research funding by focusing on fewer, but critical topics with bigger budgets, directly supporting the Commission’s political priorities:

– A low-carbon, climate resilient future: €3.3 billion

– Circular Economy: €1 billion

– Digitising and transforming European industry and services: €1.7 billion

– Security Union: €1 billion

– Migration: €200 million.

€2.2 billion will be earmarked for clean energy projects in four interrelated areas: renewables, energy efficient buildings, electro-mobility and storage solutions, including €200 million to support the development and production in Europe of the next generation of electric batteries.

Between 2018 and 2020, the Commission will mobilise €2.7 billion from Horizon 2020 to support high-risk, high-gain innovation to create the markets of the future, creating a European Innovation Council. This will be open to innovations in any technology or sector including novel innovations that cut across technologies and sectors.

The first phase of the EIC will support innovative firms and entrepreneurs to scale up their businesses rapidly at European and global levels, and help Europe better capture innovative ideas with the potential to create new markets and strengthen the industrial base. This brings together existing instruments: the SME Instrument, inducement prizes, FET-Open and Fast Track to Innovation. Further changes include making the SME instrument fully ‘bottom up’ so that innovative projects that cut across sectors and technologies can be supported.

The new Work Programme also strengthens international cooperation in research and innovation. It will invest over €1 billion in 30 flagship initiatives in areas of mutual benefit. Examples include working with Canada on personalised medicine, with the US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia on road transport automation, with India on water challenges and with African countries on food security and renewable energies.

Simultaneous to the adoption of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, the Euratom Work Programme 2018 has been adopted, investing €32 million in research into the management and disposal of radioactive waste. It will also develop a research roadmap on safe decommissioning of nuclear power plants to reduce environmental impact and costs.

Here you can find the new Work Programmes:

Link to the European Press Release: