The largest research and innovation program in the EU enters its last 12 months: still opportunities to be exploited for old and new companies that have an eye to the future.
With 80 billion euros of funds made available for the period 2014-2020 (not to mention the private investments that these same funds attract), Horizon 2020 it is the largest research and innovation program in the EU.
Horizon 2020 is focused on transforming new ideas and knowledge into effective products with a high rate of innovation. Innovation that is not an end in itself, but which aims to actually improve people's lives.
Horizon 2020 is based on 3 pillars (Pillars) for as many themes:
1) Excellence Science. The goal is to improve and increase research in the European Union.
2) Industrial Leadership. The goal is to develop the innovations that will then constitute the core business of future leading companies in Europe.
3) Societal Challenges (Social challenges). The aim is to have a concrete impact on the real problems of European citizens.
More funds for SMEs and startups
The last tranche of Horizon 2020 (from 2018 to 2020) offers the possibility of obtaining important funding.
Countries can still participate in the Eic acceleration pilot whose next deadlines are: March 18, May 19 and October 7, 2020. There is the possibility of requesting an equity investment quota of up to 15 million euros, in addition to the 2,5 million grant.
The database of all projects funded with the Horizon 2020 program and with previous research programs, divided by thematic areas, program and country, can be consulted on the dedicated Cordis (Community Research and Development Information Service) page, at the following link: http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/home_en.html
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Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
Futuroprossimo.it is an Italian resource of futurology opened since 2006: every day news about the near future. Scientific discoveries, medical research, prototypes, concepts and predictions about the future for free.
Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.