Horizon 2020 – Aligning your innovation strategy to increase competitiveness

With a €71 billion budget, Horizon 2020 is the primary EU strategic framework for European Research and Innovation in 2014-2020. Participation in Horizon 2020 can be an important success factor in financing and implementing ambitious research, development and innovation strategies.

This paper identifies three main steps to ensure optimal participation and revenues. First, you will need to position your strategy towards the Horizon 2020 objectives by mapping your current and aspired RD&I portfolio according to the three pillars of Horizon 2020: excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges.

Next, adapt internal processes and procedures towards the new regulations.

And thirdly, build public-private partnerships and organise your efforts in clusters. That means finding strategic partners that are complementary to your own knowledge and infrastructure, aligning your RD&I strategies into joint action plans and building sustainable cross border collaboration structures.

This paper explains how.