Although the deadlines for the 2016/17 calls are in their infancy, there is no rest for those developing priorities for the next Work Programme. Discussions are starting to pick up pace about what should be included in the 2018 and 2019 calls for proposals and also thoughts about what the final year of Horizon 2020 (and life beyond) may hold.
How does the priority setting process work?
Based on previous approaches, the formal process of setting priorities will take up to two years and involve a range of inputs from different stakeholders, with consultations being launched during the first half of 2016 (Ed – see below for a handful published to date, and keep an eye on the Blog for more as they are launched). In parallel, and drawing on the information gathered from consultation with stakeholders, Expert Advisory Groups for each of the areas of Horizon 2020 will start to identify draft priorities.
Draft Work Programmes are likely to take shape early in 2017, with discussions in Programme Committees (delegates and experts from national governments) being followed by consultation between different Directorates-General. The final versions of the 2017 Work Programme will be published in the last quarter of 2017.
(Ed – UKRO have prepared a really digestible guide to how the system works here – you’ll need to login to access the information)
What can I do?
If you have ideas about priorities (and the ways in which these could be addressed), you should take the opportunity to feed into the ongoing consultations and make links with the National Contact Points, who will have a role in presenting ideas for consideration. We can help you with this.
Open Horizon 2020 Consultations
- Future and Emerging Technologies: two dedicated consultations, about FET Proactive and FET Flagships respectively (until 30 April 2016)
- Mathematics for Excellence in Science in Horizon 2020 (until 30 April 2016).
- A targeted consultation is now open for Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials) (until 8 April 2016)
If you’re interested in finding out more about any of the enclosed, then please get in touch (email@example.com).