Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP has said that enhanced information campaigns are needed if Irish organisations are going to draw down €1.25 billion under the next EU research, innovation and science programme Horizon 2020 between the period 2014 – 2020.

Mr Gallagher commented today, “I do recognise the very fine work that Enterprise Ireland is doing to highlight the opportunities for Irish universities, colleges, multi-national companies and SMEs that are there under Horizon 2020.  However, I would urge the Irish government to intensify these information campaigns so that the public, private and educational sectors in Ireland can maximise the benefit of EU funding in the fields of research, innovation and science between the years 2014 – 2020.

“Horizon 2020 supports the advancement of innovative goods and services in a number of sectors, including in the areas of technology, the marine, the environment, industrial services, transport, food, energy, health, agriculture and in the security areas.

“Under the existing EU programme in support of research, innovation and science called FP7, Irish organisations from the public, private and educational sectors have drawn down 600 million euro over the past five years.

“With an increase of 30% in funding for Horizon 2020 over the next seven years, Ireland can and must reach this target of drawing down €1.2 billion under Horizon 2020. This is vitally important for the development of the Irish economy now and into the future.”