The EU promotes R&I through its seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). FP7 launched its last round of calls in 2013, and now the EU is preparing for the launch of its successor, Horizon 2020, the largest collaborative transnational research programme in the world with an expected overall budget of €79 billion from 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 offers many opportunities for addressing EuroMed Common Challenges through R&I international cooperation.
The INFO DAY on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’) took place in Brussels on 17th January 2014.
The Bioeconomy website contains now information on this INFO DAY:
HORIZON - the EU Research & Innovation Magazine: http://horizon-magazine.eu/ is written by independent journalists on behalf of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. It aims to communicate the priorities and achievements of EU-funded research, its impact on citizens' lives and its contribution to the EU goals of smart and sustainable growth.
For the first time, the Commission has indicated funding priorities over two years, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty than ever before on the direction of EU research policy. Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions as of today, with more to follow over the course of the year. Calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth around €7.8 billion, with funding focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020:
On 11th December 2013, the European Commission presented the first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, the Research and Innovation Programme of the European Union with a € 80 billion budget. These funds, of which more than 15 billion euros are planned for the first two years, must contribute to give a new impetus to the knowledge economy in Europe and address the issues that are at the heart of the citizens lifes.
International Cooperation (IC) will continue being tackled as a main topic in the coming European Research and Innovation Framework Programme “Horizon 2020”. However, based on the available information, there are many novelties respect to the traditional models to support IC, while the main fact, the opening of the Programme to international participation, is maintained.