Horizon 2020 programme

Horizon 2020 represents the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever. Its budget of about €77 billion over 7 years (2014 to 2020) aims at pushing the E.U. as a key competitor worldwide in the R&I field, by financing innovative ideas and taking them from the laboratory to the market. The three pillars of the programme (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal challenge) are conceived to remove barriers to innovation, to make European research more attractive for young talents and to facilitate cooperation between public and private sectors, within the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy. The programme is also aimed to attract and stimulate private investments to finance the most innovative European ideas.

The topic DS-01-2014

The topic DS-01-2014 refers to the seventh Societal Challenge “Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens”. The main objective is to exploit research and innovation in order to protect citizens, society and economy as well as our infrastructures and services. On Digital Security, the main focus is on the security of currently available applications, services and infrastructures, whose level of protection should be improved by integrating state-of-the-art security solutions or processes with new achievements, following an end-user driven approach. This challenge aims to include the widest number of stakeholders and end-users, including for example law enforcement agencies, first responders, operators of critical infrastructures, ICT service providers, ICT manufacturers, market operators and citizens. These relevant actors should actively cooperate in the security domain with non-governmental organisations, public authorities and universities.

The topic DS-01-2014 specifically addresses the privacy concerns related to the disclosure of personal information online by users. This represents a key issue in open government contexts, where personal data may be shared between different departments and administrations or across borders and where third parties can engage in the creation and delivery of personalised services for citizens and businesses. It promotes new tools and processes to make online services more transparent and user-friendly, in order to enable online users to exercise choice on their personal data and to be aware on their economic value.