Jul 18

The European Commission announces biggest ever call for research.

On 19 July, the European Commission will announce the biggest ever call for proposals to fund European research and innovation, totalling around € 7 billion. The main focus of these work programmes is the integration of research and innovation. Particular emphasis has been placed on SMEs.

The European Union currently funds the largest single research programme on the planet – the Seventh Framework Programme - with a budget of more than €53 billion for the period 2007-2013. Member States have put research and innovation at the top of the European political agenda, by adopting the Europe 2020 strategy and endorsing the Innovation Union in February this year, making it the cornerstone of plans for investment in sustainable growth and jobs.
In order to build on the success of the current Seventh Framework Programme for Research, the Commission proposed on 29 June a 46 % increase in research and innovation funding under the 2014-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework, and intends to further streamline and simplifying research and innovation funding under the new Horizon 2020 programme which will begin in 2014.

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Dr. James Scott
Project manager
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Project information
Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €