Horizon 2020, the EU’s €70.2 billion framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, was approved by MEPs on Thursday. Parliament amended it to improve support for small firms, attract more people into science and more scientists to join the programme, and earmark funding for non-fossil energy research.

“After lengthy negotiations and a great joint effort by all my colleagues, today we finally approved the Horizon 2020 package. I am very satisfied with the result achieved, which will promote scientific excellence in Europe, strengthen our industrial leadership and support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises with a total budget of 70 billion euro”, said Industry and Research Committee chair and Parliament’s lead negotiator on the five legislative files Amalia Sartori (EPP, IT).

The Horizon 2020 programme has three main pillars:

• Societal challenges (includes investments in health, energy, transport, climate action and freedom and security research projects),

• Excellent science (includes grants to top-level individual researchers, and investments in future technologies and training for researchers), and

• Industrial leadership (includes investments in biotechnology and space technologies, access to risk finance and support for innovative small firms), and Support for small firms and energy. 

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