At the end of October, the European Commission published the final Work Programmes for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion.
New features include measures to support market-creating innovation, highly integrated activities called focus areas, emphasis on better dissemination of results and a focus on open access to data. The Work Programmes also include measures to increase simplification (e.g. lump sum funding), to widen participation from less performing countries, and to address skills mismatches.
Moreover, the Work Programmes aim to address political priorities of the Commission through defining targeted research and innovation actions that can deliver significant impact. These focus areas are:
Besides these political priorities, the Work Programmes also address market creating innovation, including the European Innovation Council with a budget of €2.7 billion and strengthening international R&I cooperation, which will invest over €1 billion in 30 flagship initiatives in areas of mutual benefit with countries. Examples include working with Canada on personalised medicine, with the US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia on road transport automation, with India on water challenges and with African countries on food security and renewable energies.