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First calls for Horizon 2020 launched

On 11 December the European Commission presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020 - the European Union's EUR 80 billion research and innovation funding instrument. Horizon 2020 will be 'challenge-driven,' steering away from the previously thematic-led approach towards increased multidisciplinary cooperation. For the first time, the Commission has indicated funding priorities over two years, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty than ever before on the direction of EU research policy. Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions with more to follow over the course of the year. Eurostars first cut-off date under H2020 will be on 13 March 2014 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.