The European Union’s (E.U) Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) was discussed at the National University of Samoa (NUS) on Monday.

Dr Rado Faletic, director, Project & Communication, of Montroix Pty Ltd said that Horizon 2020 was a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, and has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

Dr Faletic said that these programs have quick rules, with a proposal that should normally be focused on European interest. "Projects must involve a minimum of 3 different organizations from three separate European countries," he said. "Exception to these rules is noted in the calls, especially calls focused on an individual researcher." Dr Faletic said that a proposal must address the core requirements. "Most of the core rules are very specific and projects are not to fund pet topics."

"But these are to fund what Europe wants and also let your European colleagues do all the hard work." “Third Countries organization can participate in most calls and get funded but you cannot do it by yourself, you must be part of a European consortium,” Dr Faletic said.

Caption: Dr Rado Faletic

*By Poula Eteuati (Poula Eteuati is a first year media and journalism student at NUS)

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