Horizon 2020: Top Stories
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
Less than halfway in, Horizon 2020 has received as many applications as FP7
There have already been 140,000 proposals for Horizon 2020 – the same number as submitted in the whole of Framework Programme 7
EU R&D programme to raise researcher salaries in low-income countries
EU-funded researchers in poorer member states will get higher wages after politicians argued the current remuneration structure fuels an east-to-west brain drain. But it is not clear how much the increase will cost - or how it will be funded
New EU report hints at post-Horizon 2020 research priorities
Boosting defence R&D and attracting more top companies to participate are among possible future growth opportunities identified in a pathfinder prepared for the high level group that is scoping the EU’s 2021 –2028 research programme
Commission confirms the aim of new EU military R&D programme is to develop home-grown weapons
Research will support the modernisation and independence of Europe’s arms manufacturers, but the sensitive nature of the work means there will not be the usual oversight and scrutiny of the programme by experts or MEPs
European Parliament presidential election: where the candidates stand on research
During five years in office, Martin Schultz has turned the post of president into one of the most influential in the EU. With seven MEPs vying to replace him in the election Science|Business assesses their attitudes to R&D
Antonio Tajani: My outlook for EU research
Newly-elected EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani tells Science|Business where and how the EU should be spending its research cash in the coming years
EU governments slash Horizon 2020 top-up in half
Incoming budget head Günther Oettinger says the research programme will receive an extra €200M – and not €400M as proposed. Top universities say this is “peanuts” next to the €2.2B taken from Horizon 2020 to fund the Juncker Plan
Swiss researchers see deal in sight for re-admission to EU research programme
Crucial vote to settle long-running dispute on immigration could see scientists fully welcomed back into Horizon 2020
Review of European Institute for Technology and Innovation calls for change at the top
A second investigation, ordered by Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, confirms the need for fundamental reform of management and says EIT’s knowledge and innovation communities will require longer-term funding
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
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
Rocks and hard places: Romanian R&D needs EU help with funding dilemma
Changes to Horizon 2020 salary rules are compounding difficulties Romania faces in attracting and retaining researchers. The EU could help by speeding up amendments on how salaries are calculated, says Daniel David, Vice-Rector for R&D, Babeș-Bolyai University
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.