EC Proposes €80 Billion Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation

The European Commission recently announced a new programme for investment in research and innovation called Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 will bring together all EU research and innovation funding together under one programme, and in doing so aims to simplify rules, procedures and reduce the amount of time-consuming bureaucracy associated with funding programmes. Horizon 2020 is currently under negotiation with the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, and by January 2014 the first calls for proposals are expected to be launched.