Third H2020 Work Program 2018-2020

The European Commission is currently planning the development of the H2020 Work Programs for the final years of the program, 2018-2020. It is expected to work on a Biennial Work Program for 2018-2019 with a focus on H2020 that will contain details on the contents that will probably have the last year of the Work Program. This last year of the Work Program will be the bridge to the transition between Horizon 2020 and its successor program. The development of the new Work Program will also take into account the results obtained in the preliminary evaluation of H2020.

The development of Strategic Programming based on the priorities of the Commission, Member Countries and stakeholder consultations took place in the first half of 2016, mainly with the Advisory Groups of each H2020 area. In order to prepare this, the Advisory Groups have had at their disposal a series of general issues to inform on the development of the strategy that will be followed in the last three years in the following areas:

What are the challenges in the area that requires action under the 2018-2020 Work Program? Will these challenges require a comprehensive approach through social challenges and industrial and technological leadership?

What are the results / impact that can be anticipated? What innovative aspects could be implemented in the market in 5-7 years?

What leaps (science, technology, innovation, markets and policies) and modifiers of the rules of the game, including the role of the public sector as an accelerator of change need to be taken into account?

What particular areas can benefit from embedding horizontal aspects such as social sciences and humanities, responsible innovation and research, gender and climate aspects and sustainable development?

The results have been collected in draft work divided into 17 thematic areas and a global document. The adoption and publication of the Work Program is expected for October 2017.

The results obtained through “Your voice in Europe” have also been included in areas where citizens can contribute directly (Social Challenge “Food” and “Science with and for society”) as well as open consultations using other platforms for Issues related to ICT technologies.

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