25 Jul 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 25 JULYBrussels Daily
Commission presents breakdown of €8.5 billion investment in research and innovation in 2017
The European Commission today updated the 2017 work programme of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation scheme, which will invest €8.5 billion in research and innovation next year. Important novelties include the introduction of open research data in all new Horizon 2020 calls. For projects funded under the programme, free online access to scientific data will become the norm, which will boost competitiveness through open science by accelerating innovation and collaboration. The programme also reacts to topical developments by reinforcing research into migration. In response to the refugee crisis, funding will be dedicated to new research to understand migration but also to develop effective policies for managing the influx and integrating migrants into society and the economy. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The response to the Horizon 2020 calls has been immense, with around more than 90,000 eligible proposals submitted in the past two and a half years. We are now giving innovation an additional boost by making open research data the norm: from now on, the scientific community and innovative businesses can access research information more easily and affordably. And by reinforcing research on migration, we demonstrate once again that Horizon 2020 can adapt quickly to new and emerging challenges.” The funding opportunities offered by the Work Programme are directly aligned with the Commission’s 10 priorities as well as the strategic priorities of Commissioner Moedas. Working with a total budget of nearly €77 billion over seven years, Horizon 2020 will support a range of cross-cutting initiatives in 2017: Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy (€325 million) to develop strong and sustainable economies; Green Vehicles (€133 million); Smart and Sustainable Cities (€115 million) to better integrate environmental, transport, energy and digital networks in the EU’s urban environments; Technologies and standards for automatic driving (over €50 million); and the Internet of Things (€37 million) to foster the take-up of digital technologies in Europe. The new work programme also increases support for excellence in cutting-edge research. Grants of a total of €1.8 billion will be awarded to top scientists by the European Research Council, making this its highest annual budget since its launch in 2007. More information on the work programme update, a press MEMO, a factsheet on the new migration topics and an infographic on Open Data are available online.
New Commission online tool to measure fuel costs and CO2 emissions of your car journey
In line with the Commission’s ambition to move towards low and zero-emission vehicles as outlined in the European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility adopted last Wednesday, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed an online tool to help citizens estimate the fuel costs and CO2 emissions of their daily commute or holiday trips by car, for instance. The ‘Green Driving Tool’ was launched in support of the Commission’s initiatives for the decarbonisation of transport in Europe. The interactive, web-based instrument allows for estimating the fuel costs and CO2 emissions of individual car journeys on the basis of variables such as car segment, engine power, fuel type and driving style. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said: “The Green Driving Tool, developed by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre, helps consumers make better informed choices for their car transport needs and shows them how they can lower CO2 emissions and fuel costs. It is an excellent example of how science can support policy objectives and provide practical tools to tackle societal challenges and empower citizens.” The Green Driving Tool uses detailed map data and vehicle simulations to estimate fuel consumption, costs and CO2 emissions for any given car journey. It will therefore help raise awareness of the impact of car journeys, supporting citizens looking to make decisions on their use of cars. More information, as well as the Green Driving Tool itself, are available online.
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