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What’s on the Horizon for 2016/17? – Advisory Groups share their thinking on future Work Programmes

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Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups are starting to share their thoughts on priorities for 2016 and 2017, giving us an insight into potential future calls. A number of the Advisory Groups, which bring together experts from different disciplines, have published their views on the key challenges that need to be addressed and what activities will help Europe to overcome these challenges.

The following are brief summaries of priorities shared to date, complete with links to more detailed information available via the European Commission’s website:

The Health Advisory Group has identified and analysed eight main strategic priorities in its report. These are: Ageing at large; Personalized medicine; ICT for health; Population health and health promotion; Infectious diseases; Early development; Sustainable health and care systems and Environment and health.


The Transport Advisory Group has identified eleven priorities, which include: Urban transport; Climate change, air pollution and noise mitigation; Demographic trends; Harnessing ICT and data management; Managing uncertainty and risk; Resilience to extreme weather; Reducing loss of life and adverse health effects; Alternative fuel sources; Competitiveness; Innovating infrastructure maintenance; and Maximising resource utilisation across the sector. 


The report from the Climate Action Advisory Group highlights four priority areas. These are: Systemic Eco-innovation; Climate Services; Nature-based solutions; and Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials. The group also identifies a number of cross cutting issues touching on health, migration, geopolitics and cultural heritage.


The Advisory Group has recommended five Thematic Priorities: Understanding Europe; Promoting a collaborative, creative and sustainable economy; Building and open, engaging and innovative public sector; Facing the turbulence of regional and global change; and Overcoming inequalities by developing Europe’s human and social enterprises.  


The Secure Societies Advisory Group highlights five areas of strategic focus: Planning and integrating advances across technical areas or missions, Social Dimension of Society, Crime and Crime Prevention, Data Protection, Resilience and Privacy and Cross-Cutting Capabilities and Issues. It also recommends investment in ‘Innovation Roadmapping’ in each of the areas.


The MSCA Advisory Group identifies the MSCAs as the flagship programme for research training in Europe and is keen to uphold a number of its principles regarding inclusiveness and increasing employability of researchers. The recommendations point to a continuing emphasis on collaboration between the academic and non-academic sectors, with some suggestion of specific funding calls to encourage engagement of the non-academic sector (including SMEs). There are also suggestions that the international dimension should be strengthened, particularly in relation to the MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.


Planning is one of the keys to success in Horizon 2020, so we’d encourage you to take a look at reports in your area to get a head start for future calls!

If you’re interested in getting involved in Horizon 2020 and would like to know more do get in touch ( and don’t forget to sign up to our UKRO event on 12 September to find out more about the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions.


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  1. Pingback: What’s on the Horizon for 2016/17? Part 2 – more information from Advisory Groups | MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange Blog

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