The long awaited Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020The name of the Union’s new funding programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020 reflects the ambition to deliver ideas, growth and jobs for the future.

Horizon 2020 will be a key tool in implementing the Innovation Union flagship initiative, in delivering on the commitments made therein and in responding to the conclusions of the 4 February 2011 European Council and to the European Parliament’s Resolution of 12 May 2011 on the Innovation Union.

Horizon 2020 brings together all existing Union research and innovation funding, including the Framework Programme for Research, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) . This approach is widely recognised by stakeholders as the way forward and has also been supported by the European Parliament in its Resolution of 27 September 2011 , the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Research Area Committee.

Differences FP7 and Horizon 2020

Differences FP7 and Horizon 2020

The set of proposals for Horizon 2020 consists of:

  • a proposal for Horizon 2020, laying down the general objectives, rationale and Union added value, the financial envelope and provisions on control, monitoring and evaluation;
  • a proposal for a single specific programme to implement Horizon 2020, laying down the implementation modalities and the content in terms of the broad lines of activities;
  • a proposal for a single set of Rules for Participation and Dissemination, laying down the modes of funding and reimbursement of costs, conditions for participation, selection and award criteria and the rules on ownership, exploitation and dissemination of results; and
  • a separate proposal for the part of Horizon 2020 corresponding to the Euratom Treaty

These proposals are accompanied by the necessary ex-ante impact assessments14 . Complementary to this package, there is also a separate proposal for a revision of the EIT Regulation.


Horizon 2020 has a number of new features that make it fit for purpose to promote growth and tackle societal challenges. These include:

  • Major simplification through a simpler programme architecture, a single set of rules, less red tape through an easy to use cost reimbursement model, a single point of access for participants, less paperwork in preparing proposals, fewer controls and audits, with the overall aim to reduce the average time to grant by 100 days;
  • An inclusive approach open to new participants, including those with ideas outside of the mainstream, ensuring that excellent researchers and innovators from across Europe and beyond can and do participate;
  • The integration of research and innovation by providing seamless and coherent funding from idea to market,
  • More support for innovation and activities close to the market, leading to a direct economic stimulus; Garland Chiropractors
  • A strong focus on creating business opportunities out of our response to the major concerns common to people in Europe and beyond, i.e. ‘societal challenges’;
  • More possibilities for new entrants and young, promising scientists to put forward their ideas and obtain funding.