The Horizon 2020 Framework Programme ‘‘will make participation in EU funded research and innovation easier,’’ according to an EU spokesperson in Brussels, Belgium. Consultations on Horizon 2020 ‘‘underlined the importance of a strong involvement of international partner countries,’’ the spokesperson said. He recommended that African researchers establish a relationship with their national contact points in government, who can offer guidance in writing successful proposals and assist in linking them up with European researchers.
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the European commissioner for research, science and innovation, announced the new name for the next funding programme in June and said that:
Horizon 2020 will only become fully operational in 2013. A new website includes the outcome of the consultation: Green Paper on a Common Strategic Framework for future EU Research and Innovation Funding, a summary analysis of over 750 written responses and around 1300 online questionnaires submitted by companies, research institutes, associations and citizens, as well as the individual responses. The new initiative will be presented by the Commission by the end of 2011, for decisions of the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.