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Introduction of the Horizon 2020 programme

The Horizon 2020 framework programme, which is the most impactful programme of the European Union's research and innovation policy in the 2014-2020 period, disposes a budget of near 79 billion euros. The programme is one of the corner-stones of the Innovative Union initiative named in the Europe 2020 strategy for enhancing the global competitiveness of the continent.

The Horizon 2020 programme provides direct funding, from the Bruxelles headquartered Commision, for which applications can be submitted with excellence in international competition. That means each member state can utilize as many of this funding as their capable for: the selection of the applications are based upon excellence, high quality professional management and consortia and validatable and measurable impact on all-european level.

  • the main objective of the programme is to turn innovative scientific breakthroughs into innovative products and services that provide business opportunities, and therefore provides support for all stages of the innovation chain, from research to market exploitation;
  • emphasis is placed on addressing societal challenges and solving problems affecting the society of the European Union (eg. in the fields of health, energy, transport);
  • the main types of calls are the RIA (Research and Innovation), IA (Innovation Action) and CSA (Coordination and Support action)


GATEKEEPER is a European Multi Centric Large-Scale Pilot on Smart Living Environments.

The underdeveloped South-Danube region has massive potentials with the attractive Mediterranean climate, spas, health clinics and wine regions.

The EDUC-SHARE project aims to deepen ongoing transformation and institutional changes of both the EDUC university.

River networks are among Earth’s most threatened hot-spots of biodiversity and provide key ecosystem services (eg. supply drinking water and food, climate regulation) essential to sustaining human well-being.

The overall aim of the SPRING project is to present an integrated water resource management for reliable water supply for all needs that involve; developing innovative simple to operate bio oxidation systems for treatment of polluted water bodies (stagnant and flowing),

Smart specialisation is an essential principle of European regional policies, aimed at increasing efficiency in research and innovation investments.

The Joint Action on Rare Cancers (JARC) is aimed to integrate and maximize efforts of the European Union (EU) Commission, EU Member States and all stakeholders to advance quality of care and research on rare cancers.

ODYSSEUS aims at Coal-to-Liquids Supply Chain (CLSC) integration and enhanced assessment of operational, economic and environmental risks during or after mine operation in unfavourable geological settings for potential high coal production areas in European medium- to l

This EU-Horizon2020 project aims to develop Financial and Institutional Reforms to build an Entrepreneurial Society (FIRES) in Europe.

SMART GROUND aims at improving the availability and accessibility of data and information on SRM (Secondary Raw Materials) in the EU territory, while creating collaborations and synergies among the different stakeholders involved in the SRM value chain.

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