Horizon 2020 is the main EU Programme for Research and Innovation and it can count on nearly € 81 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 – 2020). The European Commission works joinlty with member states to define the funding priorities of Horizon 2020 through multiannual work programmes (WP).

The WP are adopted on a two-year basis through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy in the priority setting.
The work programmes set out funding opportunities (call for proposals) and their relative budget.

Preparations for the work programme 2018-2020 began in 2016 with stakeholders consultations and dicussions with Member states on future strategic priorities. This process is about to be completed and the adoption and publication of the new work programme is expected in October-November 2017.

The European Commission is organising some important Infodays events in order to present the Working Programme 2018-2020 and to facilitate networking among stakeholders. These events will take place in Brussels in October and November 2017. Up to now the following events have been scheduled:

- Energy Info Days 2017 (from 23 to 25 October 2017): the event focuses on the Energy efficiency priority and on the new funding opportunities and innovative schemes

- Infoday for Horizon 2020 Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials (8/9 November 2017): this event targets potential applicants for the project proposals under Horizon 2020 Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”.

- Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (14 November 2017): the event and targets potential applicants to the calls for proposals under action “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy”.



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