Horizon 2020 budget, call updates 2017 released

Date: 26/07/2016

On 25 July, the European Commission announced an investment of €8.5 billion to be released during 2017 into research and innovation, following an update to the Work Programme of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme.

A particularly important change is the introduction of  open research data in all new Horizon 2020 calls and the strong commitment to  research integrity and simplification as a driver for research quality. For projects funded under the programme, free online access to scientific data will become the norm.

In response to the refugee crisis, €11 million will be dedicated to new research to understand migration but also to develop effective policies for managing the influx and integrating migrants in the society and economy. In this respect, five new topics have been included in the Societal Challenge 6 "Reflective Societies" Work Programme 2017.

Further novelties

A number of new calls are introduced in the updated 2017 Work Programmes.

  • The new 'Closing the water gap' topic with a budget of €10 million in the 'Greening the economy' call aims to reduce fragmentation of water research and innovation efforts across Europe and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the conclusions of the COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • With around €20 million, Horizon 2020 will also support the development of a new generation of cells and their integration in batteries, as part of the €133 million call for Green Vehicles.
  • Another novelty is the €4 million topic to support the policy development and implementation of the European Commission's FOOD 2030 initiative
  • In addition, four new Horizon Prizes will be launched, focusing on boosting innovation in digital technologies and offering €11 million to winning solutions.

Highlights in the 2016-2017 Work Programmes

Today's update releases the second round of funding from the  two-year Horizon 2020 work programme announced last October. This includes support for a range of cross-cutting initiatives in 2017:

  • Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy (€325 million) to develop strong and sustainable economies;
  • Smart and Sustainable Cities (€115 million) to better integrate environmental, transport, energy and digital networks in EU's urban environments;
  • Technologies and standards for automatic driving (over €50 million);
  • the Internet of Things (€37 million) to foster the take-up of digital technologies in Europe.

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