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Horizon 2020 launches first calls for projects

11 February 2014

The European Commission has launched the first calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s €80 billion research and innovation programme spanning the next seven years. The funding over the first two years is worth more than €15 billion. Horizon 2020 is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a tangible difference in people's lives. Twelve areas will be a focus for action in 2014/2015, including sustainable and innovative public procurement.

The funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in work programmes published on the EU's digital portal for research funding. “Horizon 2020 funding is vital for the future of research and innovation in Europe, and will contribute to growth, jobs and a better quality of life. We have designed Horizon 2020 to produce results, and we have slashed red tape to make it easier to participate.” said European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions, with more to follow over the course of the year. There are a number of calls relating to innovative and sustainable procurement; ICLEI will lead on the development of at least one project proposal and is happy to help facilitate the setting up of other independent consortia. If your city is interested in working with us on one of these projects, please contact: procurement@iclei.org.

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