The UK’s team that looks after European FP7 funding for collaborations invited me to a workshop and briefing. As an enticer they promised to share their views on the forthcoming Horizon 2020 plans from Europe which will replace the current funding frameworks (CIP, FP7 etc.).
I am not alone in thinking that the changes proposed (and not yet agreed) will miss deadlines in 2013 leading to a significant gap between the closure of the current funding cycles and the beginning of 2020. If there’s no other message to take from this blog… LOOK AT THE current FP7 offerings NOW! Forthcoming Deadlines at December 4th and January 15th are still feasible for these 75% funded projects (of course I can help… see later ;-)). These final calls in the FP cycle access the largest amount of money every provided, so the chances appear strong for your success! Waiting for the CIP call may be a good idea (draft in my possession and publishing in January), but will be a lower reward typically at just 50% funding.
So what’s new in Horizon 2020? A consolidation of all the funding types appears to be a typical attempt to simplify the process, but really it just chunks-up the funding in a different way. If your research is anywhere near generic in a realm like ICT, then the right call for you could be found in any one of the social challenges. Or perhaps you’d identify more with a “Key Enabling Technology” pilot which will be multidisciplinary, cutting across many technology areas with a bias towards convergence and integration. A lot of emphasis is on initiatives that will help projects “cross the valley of death” between research and the market. So as you would imagine a greater portion of the money is directed toward Innovation rather than pure R&D.
Venture capital features as a new element. In the group of learned FP7 gurus in the BIS on Tuesday this was seen as a nod toward the SME’s as a new plan to address the co-funding issues that always arise.
For a heads up, here are the slides on Horizon 2020 from the FP7 UK guys ict – h2020 v 0_7
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