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Horizon 2020 General overview

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. The framework programme, consisting of multiple support mechanisms with an available budget of €79bn, provides opportunities for industry and academia to draw down Research and Innovation funding.

The emphasis through Horizon 2020 is on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The principal goals are to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 provides a simpler application process than previous framework programmes, which helps new projects to get off the ground quickly and so achieve results faster. Horizon 2020 offers Irish businesses and researchers significant opportunities to finance research and technology and build networks and partnerships for innovation.

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Horizon 2020 How to apply