The New Framework for EU Research and Innovation

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Science  25 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6059, pp. 1066-1068
DOI: 10.1126/science.1214295

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On 30 November, the European Commission is to issue legislative proposals for a decision of the European Parliament and Council of the European Union (EU) concerning Horizon 2020, the next Framework Programme (FP) for Research and Innovation. The decision process and adoption by the Parliament and the Council is to follow from December 2011 to December 2013, with Horizon 2020 to guide and support EU–wide research and innovation from 2014 to 2020. I offer a critical preview of Horizon 2020, addressing new political contexts, challenges, and opportunities. The analysis is mainly based on information currently available from the EU Budget Review (1) and the Budget for Europe 2020 (2).