The European Commission confirmed the calls and other actions of the second year of the two-year work programmes setting out funding opportunities for 2017.
The calls and other actions under the current work programme updates have a budget of €8.5 billion. All the calls and related information are published on a single portal.
The 2016-2017 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon 2020 to date, but the current update introduces important novelties. It has the potential to change the nature of EU-funded research thanks to the introduction of open research data in all new Horizon 2020 calls. In response to the migration crisis funding is made available to coordinate research communities and make policy recommendations to facilitate labour market integration of migrants. It also includes key actions supporting a forward-looking climate change policy.
Key Priorities for 2017
Horizon 2020 Work Programme is directly aligned with the agenda of the Commission. It will contribute to the Jobs, Growth and Investment Package helping to strengthen Europe’s global competitiveness through innovation to create new and sustainable jobs and promote growth. All the calls for proposals and activities will contribute substantially to this policy area as well as contributing in broader terms to one or more of the other areas.
1. A new Boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment
The Commission’s top priority is to get Europe growing again and to increase the number of jobs without creating new debt. Research and innovation investments will cover both the immediate need to engage the re-industrialisation of Europe as well as the longer-term objective of building solid knowledge needed for the next wave of innovative breakthroughs. Some new examples in the Work Programme feeding this priority are:
€291 million is available to foster the development and long term sustainability of new pan- European research infrastructures, support the integration and openness of key national infrastructures, and further develop and deploy e-infrastructures for research.
2. A Stronger Global Actor, Towards a New Policy on Migration, and an Area of Justice and Fundamental Rights Based on Mutual Trust.
The Work Programme is flexible and capable of addressing topical issues that matter the most to European citizens. Some key examples are:
3. A Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy
A European Energy Union will ensure that Europe has secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. Wiser energy use while fighting climate change is both a spur for new jobs and growth and an investment in Europe's future. Activities for 2017 will help mobilise Europe’s research excellence to generate innovative solutions in this area, for example:
4. A Deeper and Fairer Internal Market with a Strengthened Industrial Base
The Single Market is one of Europe’s major achievements and its best asset in times of increasing globalisation. It is an engine for building a stronger and fairer EU economy. This Work Programme will contribute to maintaining and reinforcing the internal market as well as European industrial base, through activities such as:
The summer update includes a revision of the EU Prize for Women Innovators with €20,000 to be awarded to a 'Rising Innovator' targeting young female entrepreneurs.
5. A Connected Digital Single Market
The internet and digital technologies are transforming our world. But existing barriers online mean citizens miss out on goods and services, internet companies and start-ups have their horizons limited, and businesses and governments cannot fully benefit from digital tools. Research and Innovation will contribute to innovative digital solutions, for example, through the following actions in 2017:
6. Cross-cutting and other features
The EU's Horizon 2020 research funding programme has now a more specific set of rules on research integrity to be followed by beneficiaries. This is thanks to the new provisions in the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement.
The revamped model agreement provides more clarity on previously general requirements contained in Article 34 of the agreement. The article now explicitly calls for beneficiaries to respect the principles of honesty, reliability, objectivity, impartiality, open communication, duty of care, and fairness and responsibility for future science generations.
The Commission also plays a key part in the recently launched revision of the European Code of Confuct for Research Integrity. The process is led by All European Academies (ALLEA) in cooperation with stakeholders including industry, academia and research funders. Once updated, in January 2017, the new code together with the revised Article 34 will constitute an effective mechanism to promote adherence to the highest standards of research integrity across Europe.