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Ireland’s Horizon 2020 support network in Brussels to discuss and influence next phase of Horizon 2020 and future EU Research and Innovation programme

Press Release

14 March 2017

Ireland’s Horizon 2020 support network in Brussels to discuss and influence next phase of Horizon 2020 and future EU Research and Innovation programme

Ireland’s support network of national delegates and contact points are meeting EC policy officials today at Enterprise Ireland’s Brussels office, to hear first-hand how they can influence the remaining Horizon 2020 work programmes.

When the Irish Government launched its strategy for Horizon 2020 in December 2013, it also announced an ambitious target of €1.25bn to Ireland by the end of the seven year programme (2014-2020).

Official European Commission data shows Ireland successfully winning competitive proposals to-date to the value of €386.5 million. This is slightly ahead of the government’s target and is reflective of the strong Irish participation by both academic and industry researchers.

However, this is no time for complacency on the part of the support network which is led by Dr Imelda Lambkin, National Director Horizon 2020. 2017 is an important year in the European calendar as the mid-term review of Horizon 2020, along with the early discussions on the next framework programme (FP9) and the new multi-annual financial framework (EC budget) are all being negotiated in Brussels over the coming months.

Whilst the government is pleased with Ireland’s performance in Horizon 2020 to-date, they remain focused on increasing key performance areas and are mindful of a number of initiatives and political developments which could impact on their ambitious target. In particular, they are keeping a watchful eye on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 and its impact on the development of the plans for its successor, as well as monitoring developments in areas such as the new European Innovation Council, Open Science and the potential effects of “Brexit”.

Ireland’s top programme area in Horizon 2020 is the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA) which supports mobility and training of researchers and has secured €59.7m in funding, just ahead of the ICT Leadership in Industrial Technologies programme at €59.6m.

Dr Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland and National Director of Ireland’s Horizon 2020 support network said she is “delighted” by the success of Irish participants to-date, claiming it shows “real evidence” of the talent and abilities throughout Ireland.

Dr. Lambkin said she and her team are “working to influence the 2018-2020 programmes” so that researchers, in Irish research institutes and company-based, can access greater funding. It has already been seen in the early part of the programme that those using the services of the national support “tend to double their chances of success in the programme”.

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For more information contact: Evelyn Smith, Manager, EU R&I Liaison, Enterprise Ireland, Sablon Tower (14th floor), Rue Joseph Stevens 7, 1000 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 673 98 66

www.Horizon2020.ie

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