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First Pillar. Excellent Science

Horizon 2020 aims to 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. It will support the best ideas, develop talent within Europe, provide researchers with access to priority research infrastructure, and make Europe an attractive location for the world's best researchers:

  • European Reseach Council. Support the most talented and creative individuals and their teams to carry out frontier research of the highest quality by building on the success of the European Research Council (ERC);
  • Future & Emerging Technologies . Fund collaborative research to open up new and promising fields of research and innovation through support for Future and Emerging Technologies (FET).
  • Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. Provide researchers with excellent training and career development opportunities through the Marie Curie Actions;
  • Research Infraestructures. Ensure Europe has world-class research infrastructures (including e-infrastructures) accessible to all researchers in Europe and beyond.