The European Commission presented today (30 November) its €80-billion research funding programme for the decade – Horizon 2020 – with the aim of boosting research, stimulating innovation and simplifying the way scientists and smaller businesses can get funding for EU-backed projects.  

The EU’s research funding has a new name. Will it also have a new finality and bring innovative solutions for the big sustainability challenges or will it remain the "client-binding" programme it has always been with lots of great research but no relevance for policymaking.