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European Funding 2014 - 2020
Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Horizon 2020 is the European Commission’s new funding programme for research and innovation and launches 1st January 2014, lasting until the end of 2020. This €70.2 billion programme brings together the current Framework Programme 7 for research and development (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Horizon 2020 will be divided into three sub-programmes:
Pillar 1: Excellent Science European Research Council, Marie Sk?odowska-Curie, Future and Emerging Technologies, Research Infrastructures (€26 billion)
Pillar 2: Industrial Leadership Leadership in Industrial & Enabling Technologies, Access to Risk Finance, Innovation in SMEs (€16 billion)
Pillar 3: Societal Challenges Seven thematic challenges for research and innovation projects
Alongside these three pillars will be cross-cutting programmes on Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, and Science with and for Society. The Joint Research Centre and European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) also come under Horizon 2020. The EIT will be linked closely to the societal challenges and has its own Strategic Research Agenda, set by the Commission. Budget for the EIT will be used to finance the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).
Simplified funding rules mean that in most cases, participants will receive 100% of their Direct Costs for participation in research projects (profit-making organisations will be reimbursed 70% for close-to-market actions). Indirect Costs will be reimbursed at a flat-rate of 25%. Except for the European Research Council and Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions, the majority of Horizon 2020 will be for collaborative research. Topics under Leadership in Industrial & Enabling Technologies and the Societal Challenges will require a minimum three participants from three different European Member States or Associated Countries.
The majority of calls were launched in December 2013 (see ‘Support information’).
You can find out more about Horizon 2020 from the following presentation and from the Horizon 2020 website.
Keele Gains HR Excellence in Research Award
Keele has been successful in its application to achieve the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award.
The Award is conferred on higher education institutions who can demonstrate a commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff. Further information on the benefits of the award can be found here.