European Commission invests €8.5 billion in research and innovation in 2017

Today, the European Commission announced a new investment of €8.5 billion, to be released in 2017, into the Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding programme.

Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme with a budget worth €77 billion over seven years (2014-2020). Now, a second round of funding from the two-year Horizon 2020 Work Programme is released after an update in the Programme.

Two important novelties are introduced. Firstly, starting 2017, all projects funded under the programme will grant free online access to scientific data. Open research data confirms the Commission’s strong commitment to research integrity and simplification as a driver for research quality.

Secondly, in response to the refugee crisis, the programme will reinforce research into migration, by dedicating €11 million to new research in this area.

Read more about the updated Work Programme and Horizon 2020 in general in the press release.