On October 27, 2017, the European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the investment period 2018-2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion. Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme with a budget of €77 billion over seven years (2014-2020).
Work programme is focused on:
- Supporting breakthrough, market-creating innovation
The Commission is launching the first phase of the European Innovation Council to support high-risk, high-gain innovation to create the markets of the future.
- Focusing on political priorities
The Work Programme aims to address political priorities of the Commission through defining targeted research and innovation actions that can deliver significant impact. 'Focus areas' have been designed around four political priorities: a low-carbon, climate resilient future; circular economy; digitising and transforming European industry and services; and security union.
- Strengthening international R&I cooperation
The new Work Programme also strengthens international cooperation in research and innovation. The Work Programme includes around 30 flagship initiatives on topics dedicated to international cooperation in areas of mutual benefit and to support Member States and associated countries that do not yet participate in the programme to their full potential. In addition, the programme also continues to promote closer synergies with the European Structural and Investment Funds.
The programme marks a step change in promoting Open Science by shifting from publishing research results in scientific publications towards sharing knowledge sooner in the research process. €2 billion will be channelled to support Open Science, and €600 million will be dedicated to the European Open Science Cloud, European Data Infrastructure and High Performance Computing.