Horizon 2020 Inquiry



The European Commission published its proposals for Horizon 2020 on 30 November 2011. Horizon 2020 is a financial instrument which aims to:

  • Strengthen the EU’s position in science (with a dedicated budget of €25bn).
  • Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation through investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs (€18bn).
  • Address major concerns such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population (€32bn).


The Committee launched a call for written evidence on 13 January 2012.  The closing date for written submissions was Friday 24 February 2012.

The European & External Relations Committee held a conference on the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research & Innovation on Friday 25 May 2012. The conference represented an important contribution to the on-going debate on the future of research funding across Europe.

By bringing practitioners and stakeholders together with politicians and ministers, to discuss and debate the issues, the European & External Relations Committee hoped that the conference would build upon the work for the Scottish and UK Governments as well as a range of stakeholders and the Scottish Steering Group, whilst also encouraging those who had not yet participated in the debate to contribute.

The conference received financial support from the European Commission and the conference organisers benefited from advice from Scotland Europa and the Scottish Government.

The Committee published a report of its findings from the conference on 28 June 2012

Read the Committee's report on the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation

The Committee presented its report at an event in the European Parliament on 11 July 2012. 


Read the Committee's report on the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation

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