The programme also reacts to topical developments by reinforcing research into migration. In response to the refugee crisis, funding will be dedicated to new research to understand migration but also to develop effective policies for managing the influx and integrating migrants into society and the economy.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The response to the Horizon 2020 calls has been immense, with around more than 90,000 eligible proposals submitted in the past two and a half years. We are now giving innovation an additional boost by making open research data the norm: from now on, the scientific community and innovative businesses can access research information more easily and affordably. And by reinforcing research on migration, we demonstrate once again that Horizon 2020 can adapt quickly to new and emerging challenges." The funding opportunities offered by the Work Programme are directly aligned with the Commission´s 10 priorities as well as the strategic priorities of Commissioner Moedas.
Working with a total budget of nearly €77 billion over seven years, Horizon 2020 will support a range of cross-cutting initiatives in 2017:
The new work programme also increases support for excellence in cutting-edge research. Grants of a total of €1.8 billion will be awarded to top scientists by the European Research Council, making this its highest annual budget since its launch in 2007.