Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 will give a new boost for jobs, growth and investment
European Commission adopted the second Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017.
Under the new Work Programme, the European Commission will invest €16 billion for research and innovation during the next 2 years.
As Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, commented:
"Research and innovation are the engines of Europe's progress and vital to addressing today's new pressing challenges like immigration, climate change, clean energy and healthy societies. Over the next two years, €16 billion from Horizon 2020 will support Europe's top scientific efforts, making the difference to citizens' lives."
Being the EU’s largest research and innovation funding programme, Horizon 2020 focuses mainly on investments into projects and companies that have an enormous potential to improve our daily lives in such areas as health, environment, transport, food, energy.
The new Horizon 2020 Work Programme is designed to improve the impact of Horizon 2020 funding and strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the global arena by creating a thriving market with innovative businesses and sustainable jobs, taking measures to improve health of the nation, making the environment cleaner and greener.
The top priority of Work Programme 2016-2017 is to create favorable conditions for the growth of SMEs which represent 99% of all businesses in the EU and have generated around 85% of new jobs over the last few decades. SMEs are more concerned with access to finance mostly because of their reliance on banks. To help SMEs innovate and, what’s very important, to help them produce more jobs while reducing the debt, the new Work Programme will assign approximately €2 billion in funding to SMEs.
To help strengthen Europe’s internal market and Industrial Leadership base, Work Programme will assign around €3.4 billion to calls related to Industrial Leadership such as Information and Communication Technologies, Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Production, Space, and others.
Approximately €4 billion will be assigned to calls related to Societal Challenges such as health, demographic social change and wellbeing, food security, bioeconomy, secure societies. Calls aimed to tackle current migration crisis, research on its origin and impact are also included into this category. Societal Challenges also contain calls aimed to strengthen European Energy Union:
Besides this, the Programme will also support cross-cutting initiatives to strengthen the Digital Single Market and address digitalization of EU industries. Thus, the new Work Programme will assign €1 billion to modernization of Europe’s industry, over €100 million – to modernization of technologies and standards for automatic driving, €139 million - to the Internet of Things calls.
In addition, thanks to Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, around €1.6 billion will be available to provide a high quality training and career development opportunities for researchers. To foster research and innovation cooperation with countries outside Europe, the Work Programme also included International cooperation calls and targeted initiatives.
by Natalie Myhalnytska
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