The European Union supports the activities of its Member States in the field of research and development primarily through its so-called framework programmes. These have proved to be a great success and have evolved continuously since the launch of the first programme in 1984.

The seventh  Framework Programme was the first one to cover a period of seven instead of four years and had a total budget of over EUR 54 million. The current Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (2014 – 2020) has a budget of around EUR 80 million and is the world’s largest transnational research programme. It is the most important tool to implement the European Research Area.

To learn more about “Horizon 2020” and all previous framework programmes of the EU, as well as other projects and programmes in the European Research Area, please go to ERA Portal Austria.