Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP for the constituency of Ireland North and West has today welcomed the launch of the new Horizon 2020 programme that was announced today in Brussels by the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Màire Geoghegan-Quinn.
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP said that ” Horizon 2020 is the next EU programme that will support research, innovation and science between the period 2014 – 2020 and it will be worth 80 billion Euro.
It will support excellent scientific research, new technologies and it will back research in a variety of different sectors including in the fields of agriculture, food, fisheries, health, transport, energy, environmental services and the industrial sector.
In a similar fashion to the operation of the 7th EU Research and Technological Framework Programme (FP7) 2007 – 2013, beneficiaries under Horizon 2020 can include educational institutions, research organisations, public bodies and private sector companies that include small, medium and large scale companies.
Already, under the existing FP7 programme, Ireland has drawdown 333 million Euro and 25 per cent of beneficiaries have come from the private sector.
Horizon 2020 will help to maintain and support job creation in Ireland and it will help develop new goods and services that the people will use, improve the quality of living for the people and build a better society in an Irish, European and in a global context.”