This year it comes to an end the 8th European Framework Programme Horizon 2020. This program –started in the 2014- has the aim of funding projects supporting research applied and focusing to European citizens, promoting industrial leadership in Europa and at reinforcing the scientific excellence.
A total amount of 709.170 proposals from 130 different countries have been submitted. But only the 11,9% won funding. A total estimation of 80 billions of euroshave been invested. The social challenge of healthcare appears on the fifth position of participation in this program.
The countries with most remarkable participation are United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and France; they won a 52% of the total funds. Catalonia has submitted a total of 2.700 proposals with a 13% of succesful funding which means a total contribution of 9,1 billions of euros.
In comparison of the previous framework programme (7PM), the H2020 has shown to be more efficient regarding the administrative costs and more coherent regarding synergies generated.
The access to the results of the projects by the scientific community has improved considerably in comparison with the 7PM. Yet, one of the pending tasks for the next framework (Horizon Europe) is promoting a better impact from research and innovation focusing civilians. It is been also necessary to boost the inclusion ofcitizens during the co-design and co-creation projects’ processes that helps to give proper and reliable solutions to the challenges of the society.
It is necessary to remark that eventhough the increasing participation in the H2020 compared with the 7PM, the level of funding is not enough. A high level of competence and at the increase of the use of resources of the applicants must be checked.
The European Commission is working on the 9th Framework Programme focusing on research and developement called Horizon Europe. It will last from 2021 to 2027.
Horizon Europe, estimates 9.7 billions of euros, the greates funding programme ever. Focusing to improve the weak issues of his predecessor and looking to continue enhancing research and innovation development through cooperation across countries.
The new programme not only simplies the administrative procedures and formalities but also proposes a restructuration of the force points form the H2020:
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