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The Framework Programme (FP) is the European Union's main instrument for funding research and development.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU's new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

The main objectives of Horizon 2020 are:

  • Excellent Science: raise the level of excellence in Europe's science base and ensure a steady stream of world-class research to secure Europe's long-term competitiveness;
  • Competitive Industries: make Europe a more attractive location to invest in research and innovation, by promoting activities where businesses set the agenda;
  • Better Society: Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere.

European Technology Platforms

European Technology Platforms are industry-led stakeholder forums which elaborate short- to long-term research and innovation agendas and roadmaps for action at EU and national level to be supported by both private and public funding. The Commission's Horizon 2020 proposal for an integrated research and innovation framework programme recognises the role of European Technology Platforms as part of the external advice and societal engagement to implement Horizon 2020.

European Technology Platforms will provide a framework for stakeholders to define research and development priorities, play a key role in fostering effective public-private partnerships on research funding and address technological challenges that can potentially contribute to a number of key policy objectives which are essential for Europe's future competitiveness. The idea is to mobilise a critical mass of both national and European, public and private resources.

European Construction Technology Platform – ECTP

The European Construction Technology Platform aims to raise the sector to a higher world-beating level of performance and competitiveness. This will be achieved by analysing the major challenges that the sector faces in terms of society, sustainability and technological development. Research and innovation strategies will be developed to meet these challenges engaging with and mobilising the wide range of leading skills, expertise and talent available within the industry over the coming decades, in order to meet the needs of the society

European Steel Technology Platform – ESTEP

The European Steel Technology Platform brings together the whole European steel industry, research centres, universities, the European Commission and Member States, as well as other European institutions and trade unions. It expresses the major ambition of the steel industry, looking forward to 2030: the consolidation of undisputed leadership in sustainable development, given the rapid development in other parts of the world, notably Asia.

It represents a response to the challenges that lie before us: the growing impact of globalisation, the matching of steel supply and demand, environmental constraints, changing EU regulations and the strengthening the EU partnership. The European Steel Technology Platform will give new impetus to the full spectrum of European research into materials and processes.