The EU Offers New Funding for Academic Creativity
It has been announced by the European Commission that a new 3 billion Euros is to be provided for the project Horizon 2020, which aims to promote technological creativity to resolve major technological and environmental issues in the era of global industrialization and urbanization.
The EU describes this project as being a highly comprehensive platform for academic exchanges in a variety of practical and socially relevant fields: “Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.
By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.
The EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.”
Despite strong political foundation and wide coverage of academic fields (although the coverage in social sciences and humanities might seem limited especially for researchers of political, historical and philosophical backgrounds), Horizon 2020 has a careful selective process in terms of funding, each proposal has to undergo expert evaluations and each applicant ought to find at least 3 likeminded talents to form a closely supervised research team. You might find high relevancy in the following websites:
Social Sciences and Humanities (and other fields of course): https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/find-your-area