Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Horizon 2020

"Horizon 2020" has topped the poll of the short-listed names for the future EU-funding programme for research and innovation.

Horizon 2020 received 3055 votes, with runner-up Imagine 2020 getting 2785 and Discover 2020 coming in third with 2478.

The full name that will be part of the legislative proposal at the end of 2011 for the new programme will therefore be: "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation".

Two nominators of the winning name Marcela Endlova, a teacher from the Czech Republic, and Beata Zyngier, also a teacher, from Poland will get to meet Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at the European Innovation Convention in Brussels in December.

Announcing the winning name Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn said: "The new name is an important symbol of a new departure and a new adventure. Horizon 2020 is not just a new name for the same Framework Programme. This will be a smarter way to support researchers and innovators in Europe – so as to further boost excellence and to help ensure that good ideas reach the market and generate sustainable economic growth and new jobs. Research and innovation funding will focus more clearly on addressing global challenges. Needless red tape will be cut out and participation made simpler."

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