H2020 is based on a single specific programme, split into three pillars, the choice of which will depend on the objectives, scope and maturity of the research proposed
Pillar 1: Excellent Science. This pillar brings together ‘bottom-up’ investigator driven funding activities. The activities covered already feature within FP7 and are designed to support world class science, to develop, attract and retain research talent in Europe and provide European Researchers with access to the best infrastructures. This includes the following programmes:
- European Research Council: Supporting world-class scientists in blue-sky research
- Future and Emerging Technologies: collaborative research to open new fields of innovation
- Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions: providing training and career development opportunities
- EU Research Infrastructures: ensuring access to world-class facilities
Pillar 2: Industrial Leadership. The Industrial Leadership priority brings together a number of FP7 thematic areas along with the SME activities currently funded in FP7 and in the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and a number of new risk financial instruments. This pillar is designed to support strategic investments in key technologies and underpin innovation across existing and emerging sectors. It will also support the leveraging of private investment in research and innovation particularly within innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
- Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT): supporting innovation, increasing market uptake and boosting job creation in the principle areas of ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing, and space
- Access to risk finance: stimulating private investment and venture capital in research and innovation
- Innovation in SMEs: strengthening the participation of innovative SMEs
Pillar 3: Societal Challenges. This pillar will follow a top-down (thematic )approach with two-year work programmes of defined, challenge-based topics which include:
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research & the bioeconomy
- Secure, clean and efficient energy
- Smart, green and integrated transport
- Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials
- Inclusive, innovative and secure societies
How is H2020 implemented? Alongside the bottom-up funding schemes within the Excellent Science pillar, the Commission will produce biannual Strategic Programmes specifying the focus areas for that particular period. These strategic roadmaps will form the basis of biannual work programmes under the three different pillars
What else do I need to know? H2020 is based upon simpler procedures and access including reduced time from application to receipt of funds compared to previous Framework Programmes with a more streamlined funding rules (100% support for R&D, 70% for Innovation – irrespective of proposing organization status). SME participation will continue to be a priority,.
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