Horizon Europe

Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan implementing the research and innovation framework programme Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe will be based on two legal acts: one laying down its structure, rules for participation and dissemination, the other containing the Specific Programme that sets out thematic clusters and the broad lines of action for future research and innovation activities. In April 2019 the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the two legal acts.

EC announces the European Innovation Counil and il future plannoing and roles under HE

Europe needs to capitalise on its science and start-ups to compete in global markets increasingly defined by new technologies. That is why the European Commission is introducing a European Innovation Council (EIC) to turn science into new business and accelerate the scale-up of innovative companies.

Director of ERC Agency quits

A high-ranking EU civil servant leading the administrative wing of the European Research Council (ERC) announced his early retirement to staff on Monday, citing policy disputes.

In blunt email to staff, Pablo Amor, the funder’s top civil servant, says: ‘Things were not quite moving in the direction I wanted’

After Horizon 2020, the new R&D budget proposes a modest increase to 100B Euro

up from 80 Billion for the period 2014-2020. So this is about a 3%-4% annual increase only proposed, which is marginally higher than the rate fo inflation for most years in some of tghe EU countries.

Many scientists think this is less than ambitious; though the EU has other issues to deal with - such as the potential loss of the UK contribution.