March 2017 - Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme with nearly 80 billion Euros of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The European Commission currently carries out its interim evaluation until end 2017.
Compared to its predecessor FP7, Horizon 2020 has brought several major benefits: it increased the European Research & Technology (R&T) budget; it brought new instruments for innovation; and simplified administrative and financial terms and conditions. Two Joint Undertakings essential for the aeronautics sector, Clean Sky and SESAR, were extended. Nevertheless, after three years of experience, Horizon 2020 also reveals some shortcomings. ASD advocates for the following adjustments for the 2nd half of H2020 Framework Programme in order to use the programme to its full extent, specifically for the research activities led outside the Joint Undertakings.
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