Horizon 2020 plans to bring together the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) starting in 2014. Horizon 2020 will have access to funding of approximately EUR 80 billion for a period of seven years (2014-2020).
Horizon 2020 strengthens and consolidates the efforts which Germany has been making and continues to make as part of its High-Tech Strategy.
Horizon 2020 - Aims and Objectives
The new framework programme covers three key objectives:
1. Excellent Science
2. Industrial Leadership
3. Challenges for Society
The second "Industrial Leadership" pillar of the Horizon 2020 initiative will promote industrial leadership by supporting innovation, increasing market uptake, stimulating private investment in research and innovation, and strengthening the participation of innovative SMEs.
A number of key industrial leadership areas, including materials, have been identified within the "Industrial Leadership" priority objective areas of Horizon 2020. A proposed budget of more than EUR 6 billion has been allocated to the key enabling technologies.
Leadership role in key technologies and industrial technologies:
- Information and Communication Technology
- Production and Process Technology
Horizon 2020 - Advanced Materials Objectives
Cross-cutting and Enabling Materials Technologies
Research on functional materials, multifunctional materials such as self-repairing or biocompatible materials and structural materials, for innovation in all industrial sectors particularly for high value markets.
Materials Development and Transformation
Research and development to ensure efficient and sustainable scale up to enable industrial manufacturing of future products e.g. in the metal or chemical industries.
Management of Materials Components
Research and development for new and innovative techniques and systems, joining, adhesion, separation, assembly, self-assembly and disassembling, decomposition and deconstruction.
Materials for a Sustainable Industry
Developing new products and applications and consumer behavior that reduce energy demand and facilitate low-carbon production, as well as process intensification, recycling, depollution and high added-value materials from waste and remanufacture.
Materials for Creative Industries
Applying design and the development of converging technologies to create new business opportunities, including the preservation of Europe's materials with historical or cultural value.
Metrology, Characterization, Standardization and Quality Control
Promoting technologies such as characterization, non-destructive evaluation and predictive modeling of performance for progress in materials science and engineering.
Optimization of the Use of Materials
Research and development to investigate alternatives to the use of materials and innovative business model approaches.