Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Norway participates and Norwegian organizations can get funding.
Horizon 2020 has a multi-modal transport system approach, funding typically €40m/yr to water transport with 67 waterborne projects to date. See TRIMIS transport for funded projects.
The main objective is to create clean, competitive and safe transport.
New calls for 2018-20 will be published soon with first call deadline January 2018. The first call will include:
- The Autonomous Ship
- Inco Flagship reducing transport impact on air quality (all modes),
- Marine Accident response (fire roro/container, stability, evacuation, international encouraged),
- Human factors in safety (all modes),
- Unmanned autonomous survey activities at sea
The 2019 call with deadline January 2019 has the following topics:
- Retrofit and next generation propulsion (passenger ship with high power fuel cell, next gen energy-electric-new fuel renewable propulsion, innovative propulsion, wind, retrofit to improve environment)
- Innovative drone applications for transport safety (all modes),
- Moving Freight by water (inland and SSS, focus on Ten-T network, innovative vessels and systems, more effective within intermodal logistics),
- Ship Emission control Scenarios (Modelling, Environmental impact, mitigation),
- Next Gen Bio fuel for aviation and shipping (Energy call, Deadline, 27 August 2019)
We hope that many Norwegian companies will apply for these calls.
EUs Innovation pipeline from research to business is: Horizon 2020 -> Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) -> European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) -> European Investment Bank (EIB).