It is Horizon 2020, EU’s new framework programme for research and innovation. Formally it starts forst of January 2014. The aim for Horizon 2020 is to find common solutions for the societal challenges we are facing. Compared to 7th framwork programme is that Horizon 2020 is challenge oriented, more open and relies on the researchers’ capacity to solve social problems.
The program has three parts: Excellent Science, where you can apply financing for your own research. Competitive Industries is an investment on key technologies which can be used in many applications, e.g. nanotechnologu, advanced material, production and biotechnology. Societal challenges invests in areas such as health, energy, transports and climate. Within this block the projects should be at least between three research groups in Europe. Block two and three requires often european co-operation and some sort of application while block 1 is not aimed at co-operation with industry.