Horizon 2020 - Two years on
The current document published by the European Commission examines the achievements of the Horizon 2020 framework programme in the last two years. You can find the document below and a short quotation from the report.
"The major priorities of the 2014 – 2020 agenda for Research and Innovation are Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World. Openness makes us more effective. It makes us more competitive. Horizon 2020 is key to achieving our ambitious objectives to support the priorities of the Juncker Commission in achieving openness in the research and innovation landscape of the EU and beyond. Comparable data for 2014 and 2015 is presented here for the first time, to monitor our progress and ensure that we are achieving our goals.
We are delighted to see how attractive Horizon 2020 is to research and innovation actors across Europe and beyond. Our communication and simplification efforts are bearing fruit, with the number of applications increasing by 23.9% between 2014 and 2015. The share of new participants, including SMEs and large companies, has also vastly increased.
Moreover, the quality of applications has been very high - Horizon 2020 would have needed €41.6 billion more in the first two years to fund all proposals deemed excellent by independent evaluators.
Two years in, a closer look at the results and project examples contained in this brochure clearly demonstrates the huge potential in Europe for excellent research and innovation and for turning it into economic value and a better quality of life. We will continue to work hard to ensure that Horizon 2020 keeps promoting the world’s best research and innovation, creating jobs and growth and helping to solve our biggest societal challenges."