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Objectives of the programme

Excellent science
Activities under the “Excellent Science” pillar aim to reinforce and extend scientific excellence, and to consolidate the European Research Area (ERA) in order to make the EU’s research, development and innovation system more competitive on a global scale.
Industrial leadership
The “Industrial Leadership” pillar aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow’s businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.
Societal challenges
orizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. The challenge-based approach brings together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities.