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Pillar: Societal Challenges

This Part responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges identified in the Europe 2020 strategy and aiming to stimulate the critical mass of research and innovation efforts needed to achieve Union's policy goals. All the activities shall take a challenge-based approach focusing on policy priorities without predetermining the precise choice of technologies or solutions that should be developed. The emphasis shall be on bringing together a critical mass of resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and scientific disciplines in order to address the challenges. 

Funding shall be focused on the following specific objectives:

  •  Health, demographic change and well-being;
  •  Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bio-economy
  •  Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  •  Smart, green and integrated transport;
  •  Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  •  Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative, reflective societies;
  •  Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens .


The activities shall cover the full cycle from research to market, with a new focus on innovation related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, support for public procurement, design, end-user driven innovation, social innovation and market take-up of innovations.


The cross-cutting activity for international cooperation is present in the specific objective "Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative, reflective societies".



€ 27.048,06 million

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