News archive - New name for the future EU funding programme for research and innovation: HORIZON 2020

Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn made a statement on the outcome of the competition to name the future EU funding programme for research and innovation:  Horizon 2020

Three names were shortlisted. Horizon 2020 received 3 055 votes against 2 785 for Imagine 2020 and 2 478 for Discover 2020. 8 318 votes were received.

The full name that will be put forward towards the end of this year as part of the legislative proposal for the new programme will therefore be: "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation".

The Commissioner also noted that the new name is an important symbol of a new departure and a new adventure and "Horizon 2020 is not just a new name for the same Framework Programme."

In the press release on her statement you can further read:

It is the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). These different types of funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner.

This will be a smarter way to support researchers and innovators in Europe – so as to further boost excellence and to help ensure that good ideas reach the market and generate sustainable economic growth and new jobs. Research and innovation funding will focus more clearly on addressing global challenges. Needless red tape will be cut out and participation made simpler.


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Entry created by Elke Dall on June 24, 2011
Modified on June 24, 2011