Horizon 2020: Top Stories
EU to invest €1B to encourage foreign participation in Horizon 2020
The Commission is putting in the money to attract more international researchers after a substantial fall in the demand for grants from countries outside the EU
European Innovation Council will trial blended finance, crowdfunding competitions
New details of long-awaited Council emerge in draft work programme
Focus will shift to security and greening the economy in last three years of Horizon 2020
EU research chief Robert-Jan Smits talks about the priorities for 2018 – 2020, getting the European Innovation Council off the ground and the changes coming in Framework Programme 9
R&D pays: Economists suggest 20% return on public investment for research and innovation
New economic review by Science|Business finds strong evidence of R&D impact – but huge variation in estimates, and uncertainty over which programmes work best
Call for looser rules in Horizon 2020
Researchers tell MEPs that audit culture, reimbursement system, and evaluation criteria for eastern countries should be reformed
Scant progress in closing Europe’s innovation gap according to annual scoreboard
This year’s EU innovation scoreboard shows big differences between member states remain
EU move into military R&D divides Germany
Researchers are split over whether to go after new EU research funds
Horizon 2020 would need €62.4B more to fund all research rated as top quality
New analysis finds the extremely competitive research programme is rejecting more and more great proposals. The success rate is down from 18.5% in FP7 to a lowly 11.6% now
University heads decry government reforms to science in Romania
Romanian government drops foreign evaluators from its national funding schemes and cuts science funding as the EU gears up for the next research framework programme
Commission backs push to open science in €3.2M research project
Orion will explore ways in which research and funding organisations can open up how they fund, organise, conduct and disseminate research
The Horizon 2020 half-time score
Participants and member state governments have given their views on the EU’s R&D programme Horizon 2020 to date. The verdict: good, but in need of several big mid-course adjustments. Low success rates, lengthy proposals and lack of feedback are common complaints
European Innovation Council to get €50M of the Horizon 2020 top-up
EU Parliament confirms an overall €200M boost, half of the €400M requested
It’s not you, it’s me: UK research faces up to the realities of EU divorce
EU and UK negotiators are not seen as far apart on research, but with Article 50 now triggered, getting a deal on R&D is likely to be some way down the list of priorities
Call for European Research Council budget to double to €4B per annum
Amid the 10th birthday celebrations, ERC president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon set down a marker for the future, suggesting the annual budget should rise to €4 billion over the next ten years.
EU Research Commissioner sees ‘opportunities’ after Trump science cuts
‘This is the moment that if I was an investor I would double my bet on Europe,’ says Moedas, on the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council
R&D in the East: Enthusiasm goes a long way in Slovenia
Hour-for-hour, they are paid 4 – 5 time less than counterparts in western Europe. But scientists in Slovenia are determined to make up for a lack of government funding and the structural disadvantages facing the country’s research and innovation system
Universities should co-invest in research clouds
University of Eastern Finland head Jukka Mönkkönen talks to Science|Business about pushing harder and faster on open data to make pan European data stores available on tap
Horizon 2020: Special Coverage

Science|Business journalists and experts in Brussels are closely following the latest developments of the multi-billion Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to boost innovation in Europe between 2014 and 2020.

The programme is already underway: €79 billion over seven years for strengthening Europe’s technology base, pioneering science, sustaining innovative small companies, and helping solve some of our biggest societal challenges – in energy, healthcare, climate, security, food, transport and social cohesion.

The 2016 Science|Business Horizon 2020 Conference - 4th Edition
This year, 2016, marks a turning point for Horizon 2020, the world’s second largest civilian research programme. After a strong start in 2014 with a funding rise and a surge in applications, the €77 billion programme is beset with questions about its future: Will its overall, annual budget be cut in this year’s EU funding review? How can it deal with the continuing tide of grant applications? What can applicants do to increase the odds of success? At the conference, Horizon 2020 experts will deliver tips and advice to perform better.
Horizon 2020: The insiders’ guide
Horizon 2020: The insiders’ guide
The insider’s guide to Horizon 2020 with expert funding tips to help increase your odds of success
Lighten up! Research leader wants less bureaucracy in EU programmes
Horizon 2020’s system of rigid calls and heavy auditing discourages high-risk, high-impact projects, says Ángeles Rodriguez-Peña, as she bows out as head of COST
For innovation with impact, the next Framework Programme must fully engage industry
Large companies are essential for exploiting the results of EU-funded research and delivering the innovation that Europe so desperately needs. They should continue to be funded in FP9, says Jan van den Biesen
Horizon 2020’s continued funding of big companies should be questioned
Soledad Cabezón Ruiz, MEP, will challenge the European Commission to better justify the money it awards to industry for research projects in an opinion to be delivered to the Parliament on Thursday.
Horizon 2020 is a success and the evidence is there to prove it
Greg Arrowsmith of the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres, responds to clean tech entrepreneur Michael Liebreich’s contention that Horizon 2020 is having little impact. You need to look in the right places, he says
Horizon 2020: European Commission
European Commission
The European Commission released its Horizon 2020 proposal in November 2011, and details its strategy in an official communication.

The Commission put forward six legislative proposals:

Horizon 2020: European Parliament
European Parliament
In December 2012, the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee almost unanimously adopted amendments for the six distinctive parts of the Horizon 2020 legislation. Parliament will now have to reach a compromise with its co-legislator, the Council of Ministers.

Draft ITRE reports (June 2012):

Final ITRE reports (December 2012):

Horizon 2020: Council of Ministers

During 2012, the EU Council of Ministers adopted a series of common positions on the Horizon 2020 package.