Commission Wants to Change Research Priorities for 2016-17
The European Commission intends to changes priorities for 2016-17 work programmes, according to a draft proposal obtained by Research Europe.
The new focus areas for the 2016 and 2017 work programmes will be the Internet of Things, automated road transport and an approach to sustainable industrial production called “the circular economy”, according to the draft plan.
Only 6 of the 12 Working Programmes for 2014-15 will survive — digital security, smart cities, energy efficiency, low-carbon energy, blue growth and food security.
The six priorities from the last round and three new ones will form the backbone for calls for proposals in pillars two and three, covering industrial leadership and the societal challenges. The document also promises a stronger role for the social sciences in 2016 and 2017.
The six areas to be downgraded are personalised healthcare, waste, water, mobility, disaster protection and tackling the financial crisis. They will no longer be considered as overarching focus areas, according to the plan. Instead, they are likely to be tackled through individual Horizon 2020 calls.