Last 4th and 5th of June 2019 the “Workshop of Induction to the Horizon 2020 program” took place at the Peruvian Space Agency CONIDA. The event was organized by CONCYTEC and the European Union with the support of the Latin American and Caribbean National Contact Point Network.
The aim of the event was to inform about the steps that candidates have to follow in order to apply for financing of the H2020 program.
Claudia Romano represented the Liaison Office with the European Union in Uruguay.
Through its funding instruments for research, the European Union seeks to promote the scientific collaboration between Europe and non-European countries through the funding of projects and support for the mobility of researchers. Nowadays the principal instrument that finances and defines the research politics of the European Union for the period 2014-2020 is the Horizonte 2020 program, for the first time bringing together the whole funding of the research and innovation activities of the European Union in only one program: the framework program (FP), the Competitiveness and Innovation Program (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
Horizon 2020 is based on three key pillars:
•Social challenges: support research and innovation focused on society and citizens (climate, environment, energy, transport, etc.). It is compatible with the development of innovative solutions emanating from multidisciplinary collaborations which include Social Sciences and Humanities.
•Science excellence: supports the world-class Science of Europe, developing, attracting and retaining research talents and supporting the development of the best research infrastructures.
•Industrial leadership: is compatible with key technologies, like microelectronics, advanced manufacturing etc. in all emerging and existing areas. Another aim is the attraction of more private investment in Research and Innovation and supporting the increase of innovative PYMEs in Europe.
The program is open to research centers, universities and private companies, as well as researchers who work individually or through a consortium.