Horizon 2020 is a EU programme funding research, technological development, and innovation over the seven year framework programme 2014-2020. It has a budget over the seven years of nearly €80 billion (Source: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020) and it is itself the financial instrument used to implement other policy initiatives of the European Union as the Innovation Union and Europe 2020.
The programme consists of three pillars, defining three main research areas: “Excellent Science” focusing on extending the science base and consolidating the Research Area, “Industrial Leadership” to speed up the development of new technologies and innovation, and “Societal Challenges” which addresses major issues shared by citizens across Europe and elsewhere. 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.
The SAPIENT proposal answers to the EXPLORATORY RESEARCH H2020 CALL 1 “H2020-SESAR-2015-1” under the main pillar “Societal Challenges” of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014 – 2015.