The European Commission has for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives.
Calls in the 2014 budget are worth around €7.8 billion, with funding focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020:
• Excellent Science: Around €3 billion, including €1.7 billion for grants from the European Research Council for top scientists and €800 million for Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowships for younger researchers;
• Industrial Leadership: €1.8 billion to support Europe's industrial leadership in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space;
• Societal challenges: €2.8 billion for innovative projects addressing Horizon 2020's seven societal challenges, broadly: health; agriculture; maritime and bioeconomy; energy; transport; climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; reflective societies; and security.
Deadline: Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions as of 12/12/2013, with more to follow over the course of the year
Budget: Calls in the 2014 budget are worth around €7.8 billion
Required partnership: Partner consortium
Eligible applicants: Legal entities from EU member states