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Strengthening Horizon 2020

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During a conference in Belfast, the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has outlined the changes that will affect the future Horizon 2020 program.


The Commission has presented its conception in Belfast of "How to Innovate? " or how the EU intends to be important in the field of research and innovation with new communitarian tools and new ways of supporting research and innovation as a pillar of economic growth through european subsidies.
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During a conference in Belfast, the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire
Geoghegan-Quinn has outlined the changes that will affect the future Horizon 2020 program.


The Commission has presented its conception in Belfast of "How to Innovate? " or how the EU intends to be important in the field of research and innovation with new communitarian tools and new ways of supporting research and innovation as a pillar of economic growth through european subsidies.
In 2010, the Commission had launched the Innovation Union, committing 34 promises of grants to improve conditions for investment and working on R & I to make innovative ideas a lever for growth and the job. The Innovation Union will be a pillar of Europe 2020 Strategy to emerge stronger from the current crisis. The chosen solution is the fiscal and financial consolidation which should promote more research and innovation, education and investment efficiency. The Commission relies on the 2011 report of the state of innovation that has demonstrated that public expenditure in research and innovation strategies are efficiency and are essential for growth. This report reiterates the indispensability of the two different levels of investment at national and European level.
The overall budget of the next programming period (2014-2020) will have 80 billion euros over the next seven years. This amount will promote the implementation of new business plans to essentially generate a new use of innovative technologies. The other objective of Horizon 2020 is to focus on developing non-commercial applications of innovation and research: property services, social needs...

The new simplified structure of Horizon 2020 has three pillars:

1) More european subsidies for research:

- 13 billion euros to the European Research Council and working class scientists.
- 5,75 billion euros for the Marie Curie Programme.

2) More european funds for innovative industry

- The Commission will commit 18 billion euros for making Europe more attractive for investment in R & I.
- 13.7 billion euros will be released in favor of the technology industry: ICT, nanotechnology, biotechnology...
- 3.5 billion euros will strengthen the capital and loans for innovative companies.

3) Social benefits for innovation

- 32 billion euros will be allocated for social challenges associated with innovation: health, food security, energy efficiency, clean transport, climate change... Horizon 2020 represents a lot of job opportunities and markets. With the simplification of the architecture of the program these opportunities will be easier to identify.

In this single regulatory and financial framework, the Commission is committed to pay faster (Commission promises to do it in 100 days instead of 350 days on average now). This new feature will particularly affect SMEs that will be more integrated into the program, including at least 15% of the budget which will be allocated. In this sense, the administrative procedure will be simplified, improving economic coordination, priorities will be more apply, the access to international networks will be more open, and co-financing of Cohesion Policy and Horizon 2020 together will be made possible.

Finally, Horizon 2020 is allows more funding for research, allows more pilot projects, more services and more social benefits of innovation.

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