The Concept behind Horizon 2020 is the upcoming European Framework Programme for Research & Innovation.
Running from 2014 until 2020, Horizon 2020 will be the EU’s new financial instrument to boost top research and industrial innovation in Europe.
Horizon2020 is built on three pillars:
The third pillar in Horizon 2020 – Grand Societal Challenges – brings together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines to deal with major challenges with which the citizens in Europe and elsewhere will be confronted in the coming years.
Actions in this pillar will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting and market uptake. They will also establish links with the activities of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP).
The following Grand Challenges have been identified:
- Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
- Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bio-Economy
- Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
- Smart, Green and Integrated Transport
- Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
- Europe in a Changing World: Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies
- Secure Societies: Protecting Freedom of Europe and its Citizens
The Grand Societal Challenges Roundtables are a series of events aiming at preparing the UT’s research (staff) community for action in the third pillar of Horizon 2020. The idea is to bring together researchers from different disciplines in the context of a specific Grand Societal Challenge. The specific goal is to get to develop knowledge about the requirements for multidisciplinary and complementary work in the Grand Societal Challenges, in order to be better prepared for development of successful proposals.
For more information and to register for a roundtable, click on each specific challenge under Events.