Dublin Labour MEP Emer Costello MEP has welcomed the adoption by EU Member States of the 2014-2020 €79 billion research and innovation programme – Horizon 2020.
According to Ms Costello: “The new programme presents real and new opportunities for Ireland’s research community, especially young researchers and SMEs. Horizon 2020 will be the biggest ever EU research framework with a seven year budget worth €79 billion, a real increase of nearly 30% compared to its predecessor, Framework Programme 7 (FP7). 1,500 applications from Ireland were successful under FP7, receiving funding of approximately €425 million over the past seven years. I believe we can increase Ireland’s allocation to €1 billion under Horizon 2020.
“I particularly welcome the simplified application procedures and increased allocations for SMEs and hope this will lead to increased participation in the Programme by SMEs in Ireland. The increased support available for research fellowships (under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) is also a welcome development.
“I would like to pay tribute in particular to Minister Sean Sherlock who brokered the agreement between the Member States and the European Parliament during the Irish Presidency last June, as well as to the EU Research Commissioner, Maire Geoghan-Quinn, on her role in the negotiations,” she said.
Ms Costello finally urged members of Ireland’s research community to attend the Horizon 2020 launch day being organised by Enterprise Ireland on 10 December (Open Day) in the Convention Centre Dublin, particularly those who have not taken part in past EU research programmes. This event will take place the day before the European Commission’s issues its first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, on 11 December.