HORIZON 2020 – the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a €70 billion budget, it reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. Horizon 2020 is built around three main priorities: 
·         Excellent science (the European Research Council, Future and Emerging Technologies, Marie Curie Actions, Research Infrastructures)
·         Competitive Industries (Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies, Access to risk finance, Innovation in SMEs)  
·         Societal challenges
The Horizon 2020 Societal challenges will be tackled by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market, with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake. This challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities.
Within the Societal challenges, funding will be focused on the following priorities:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bio-economy
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • Secure societies

The challenge of Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies will be of major interest to the SSH community.