The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020 Horizon 2020 has started. It has a budget of over 77 billion euros to fund research and technological development in Europe and it is the largest program supporting such initiatives . This program is designed to fulfill the tasks carried out so far by the Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7 so far) , the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT ) , the Framework Programme and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP ) .
There will be financed primarily projects that fit into the three mainstays of the program :
1. Excellence in Science: approx. 3 billion euros, including 1.7 billion euros for grants of the European Council . Scientific Research for the best researchers and 800 million euros for scholarships for young researchers in the framework of Marie Curie programme .
2. Industrial leadership: 1.8 billion euros to strengthen the European leadership in industries such as ICT , nanotechnology , advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnology and space industry.
3. Societal challenges: 2.8 billion euros for innovative projects in response to the seven social challenges set out in Horizon 2020 , concerning health, agriculture, maritime economy and the bio-economy; energy, transport , climate action, environmental protection, resource efficiency and raw materials; self-conscious societies and safety .
-one set of rules for all instruments and the eligibility of VAT tax for institutions that can not recover it from their own state tax systems,
-making shorter a period between the request for a grant and the receiving of financing by an average of 100 days, which means speeding up the start of the project,
-simplification of formalities in the development of proposals and the removal of unnecessary controls and audits,
-elimination of time sheets for full-time employees in projects.
The program's website http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/
Information about competitions with the applicable documentation HORIZON 2020 program can be found on the portal of users of Participant Portal http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html
Please note that on March 12, 2014. were open competitions for individual grants under the Marie Curie Actions of the international program Horizon 2020.