Horizon 2020

For work on research and innovation – social, economic and scientific: Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the new European funding programme for research and innovation. It aims to support projects throughout the innovation chain and contribute to the creation of a European Research Area, as well as implementing the European Strategy 2020 and its flagship initiative ‘Innovation Union’.

The programme is focused on three main areas of work: societal challenges, excellent science and industrial leadership. It is open to all those working in research and innovation, in large and diverse partnerships: professionals in research and higher education, business and public sector stakeholders.

The programme is structured around the three main priorities: Excellent science (raising the level of scientific excellence in Europe); Industrial leadership (providing investment targeted at key industrial technologies for the competitiveness of European businesses); and Societal challenges (research and innovation focused on responding to the great social challenges which Europe is facing today, rather than solely on scientific disciplines or technological sectors). It is structured to respond to European social challenges:

  • Health, demographic change and well-being;
  • European challenges related to the bioeconomy: food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime research, research into inland waterways;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies: protecting the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

The role of cultural, creative and heritage professionals:

Professionals in the cultural and creative sectors, and particularly working in heritage, all have their place in the Horizon 2020 programme. The target “inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” seems the most obvious entry point for the sector; it aims to promote secure, innovative and inclusive European societies in a context of unprecedented change and an increasing global interdependency.

The supported activities aim to contribute to:

  • Societies which are open to all – social, economic and political inclusion.
  • Pioneering societies – creativity, social and intergenerational innovation.
  • Reflective societies – cultural heritage and European identity.

Other challenges within the programme may also be suitable for proposals, for example No.5 Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

Examples of calls for proposals in 2015:

Below are examples of calls for proposals which will be launched in 2015 for research projects led by European or international consortiums of diverse members (research laboratories, public sector stakeholders, businesses etc).

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