Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 Expected on 27 October 2017

Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 Expected on 27 October 2017

Horizon 2020 is the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, with a budget of €77 billion between 2014 and 2020 to support scientific excellence in research, innovation, and technological development.

The 2018-2020 Work Programme will be the final Work Programme under the seven-year Horizon 2020 Framework, and the goal remains to ensure Europe produces world-class science and technology, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering solutions to big challenges facing society.

The 2018-2020 Work Programme is expected to allow greater flexibility, in particular to enable 'bridging' to the next EU Framework Programme, for which early planning is already underway. An example of this greater flexibility can be seen in the draft Work Programmes for Fast Track to Innovation and the SME Instrument, in which it is planned there will no longer be topics referring to Pillars two and three foci. It will have yet further emphasis on impact - not least the SME Instrument projects, which will be evaluated 50% on impact, rather than the 30% in previous work programmes.

Four new focus areas will be included: sustainable development/climate; digitisation; the circular economy and security. Calls for these focus areas are to be coordinated across different societal challenges, involving larger budgets and a so-called 'mission-oriented' approach.

GRANTfinder will report further on the 2018-2020 Work Programme as more details are announced.

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