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The European Commission, end of this July, has confirmed calls and further actions under the updated work programme for its biggest research and innovation programme – Horizon 2020, with a EUR 77 Billion budget. An investment of EUR 8.5 billion is to be released for the upcoming year 2017.
The updated work programme seeks to advance so far successful features of Horizon 2020, and introduces new priorities and action areas that will enhance the union’s competitive potential globally and foster excellence.
With the mission to drive the implementation of the Innovation Union and Europe 2020 the work programme for 2016-2017 comprises a range changes and key priorities, including:
Moreover, programme updates will support cross-cutting initiatives in 2017 on topics as circular economy, smart and sustainable cities, and the take up of digital technologies across Europe. Challenges embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), including a view on A Resilient Energy Union driven by climate change policy, are supported with a number of calls. Action for ‘Greening the economy’ will focus on food security and closing the water gap.
New provisions in the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement entail a more specific set of rules on research integrity to be realized. Together with a recently launched revision of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, these measures should necessitate beneficiaries to uphold more unambiguous principles of integral and responsible research.
With the release of the second round of funding from the Horizon 2020 two year work programme, the adopted updates now confirm details of the calls for proposals 2017 and their timelines.
More information about the updated programme and its calls:European Commission Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 SHARE