Europe's €100 billion research and innovation programme to succeed Horizon 2020. Who knows where this may lead, after FP7 and H2020. Stay positive and keep those fingers crossed. We are going to need our fair share of good fortune if we are to save planet earth.
There are literally hundreds of EU and G20 funding calls that don't quite make the grade, incentivisation wise, until enthusiasm has waned and project teams have been disbanded, by which time it is too late - causing stagnation.
Development has to wait as policy wends its way through incremental improvements, rather than rapid advancement - only popular in times of war. But we are at war - with global desertification and melting icecaps!
The EU's Horizon Europe could change the climate warming landscape, where they are trying to break down the barriers geared to knock out SMEs and startups by virtue of the financial capability and track record tests, where clearly, a startup would not have a trading track record - making the European Commission risk adverse - in real terms.
Newbies, innocent of the way of the world will be submitting applications without little chance of success, that the examiners might then pass on (the ideas) to favoured organisations. So keep a lookout for proposals you may have submitted, that are later developed by others. This gives the "Knowledge Transfer Network" a whole new meaning in terms of the potential for intellectual property theft. Non disclosure agreements are worthless if papers are leaked without transparency built-in, and patents cost far too much for SMEs. Indeed, with renewal fees and only a twenty year lifespan, engineers may want to consider changing career, for a fairer deal.
But for those like us who are imprudent enough to follow through, despite a stacked deck, then take heart. You are not alone. The modern world is built on the determination of innovators like the Wright Brothers and Louis Bleriot.
INHIBITING CURRENT RULES : The Elizabeth Swann is shown above is a zero emissions vessel, using only solar and wind power for propulsion, but under current EU point scoring, she'd have little chance of securing funding. This is why we are inviting other forms of collaboration, including corporate branding opportunity.
Horizon Europe is the EU's next research and innovation programme starting in
2021, taking over from Horizon
2020 and the Green
At the same
time the Commission aim to capture citizens' imagination and inspire confidence in the transformations ahead.
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