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2014. 07. 29.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

First Horizon 2020 Work Programme update – launch of FTI and innovation prizes

The adoption of the updated 2014-2015 Horizon 2020 Work Programme confirms the amounts for the actions to be implemented through next year's budget – see table in the link – and brings in two main novelties presented here: a new pilot call for Fast Track to Innovation and five research Innovation Prizes.

Proposals for funding must be submitted by consortia comprising between three and five legal entities established in at least three different EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020. Actions funded under the pilot are to be ‘business-driven’ because they are intended to give promising innovation ideas the last push before entering the market. Therefore, substantial industry involvement in FTI actions will be mandatory to ensure quick market take-up (‘quick’ meaning within a three-year period after the start of the FTI-action).

The FTI Pilot will be implemented in 2015 and 2016 with a total budget of €200 million (€100 million per year) across the Horizon 2020 priority “Societal Challenges” and the specific objective “Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEITs)”, without further topical restrictions. The pilot will be implemented through one common and continuously open call, meaning that proposals can be submitted at any time. Proposals will be evaluated and ranked and funding decisions taken after three cut-off dates each year.
What are Innovation Prizes?

Horizon 2020 introduces innovation prizes ("inducement prizes") as an instrument to deliver breakthrough solutions to problems of societal interest in Europe (energy security, climate change, ageing society, public health, etc.). In an open competition, a cash prize is awarded for the accomplishment of a challenge. The target is defined and specified through award criteria, but without prescribing how it should be achieved.
The contests for the five innovation prizes will start in late 2014 and early 2015. The prizes, worth €6 million in 2015, cover three different thematic areas of research: health ("Reduction of the Use of Antibiotics Prize", "Food-Scanner Prize"), the environment ("Reduction of Air Pollution Prize") and ICT ("Collaborative Sharing of Spectrum", "Optical Transmission Prize").


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