Commission to invest €30 billion in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation


On the 27th of October, during the European Commission (EC) Press Conference on the 2018-2020 Work Programme of Horizon 2020, Commissioner Carlos Moedas in charge of Research, Science and Innovation announced how Horizon 2020 will continue to support societal challenges and breakthrough and market-creating innovation. 

 "Artificial Intelligence, genetics, blockchain: science is at the core of today's most promising breakthrough innovations. Europe is a world leader in science and technology and will play a major role in driving innovation. The Commission is making a concerted effort – including with the European Innovation Council which takes its first steps today – to give Europe's many innovators a springboard to become world leading companies.", said Carlos Moedas.

With an investment of €1.3 billion, the Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) Work Programme for 2018-2020 will offer answers to some of the key challenges we are about to face in the years to come: adapting to and mitigating climate change; ensuring food security; safeguarding the natural resource base, promoting alternatives to fossil-based economies and sustainably using marine resources while protecting the oceans. Agriculture and food systems, forestry, the marine and the bio-based sectors are at the very heart of the challenges to be addressed. 

More information: 

Horizon 2020 website 

MEMO H2020

Horizon 2020 - Work Programme 2018 - 2020 

Participant Portal