Research and innovation to boost growth and jobs in Europe
Horizon 2020 will be the main financial instrument implementing Innovation Union, one of the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. It will also help to bridge the gap between research and the market by helping innovative enterprises develop their scientific and technological breakthroughs into viable products and services with real commercial potential. Funding provided by Horizon 2020 will be easier to access thanks to simpler, streamlined programmes, a single set of rules and less red tape. The Commission will make major eff orts to open the... programme up to more participants from across Europe by exploring synergies with funds under the EU’s cohesion policy. Horizon 2020 will identify potential centres of excellence in less performing regions and offer them policy advice and support, while EU Structural Funds can be used to upgrade infrastructure and equipment and build capacity. International cooperation will be further promoted in Horizon 2020, in order to strengthen the EU’s excellence and attractiveness in research, to tackle global challenges jointly and to support EU external policies.