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HORIZON 2020 – societal Challenges


Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

The specific objective is to improve the lifelong health and wellbeing of all.

Specific activities shall include: understanding the determinants of health (including  environmental and climate related factors), improving health promotion and disease  prevention; understanding disease and improving  diagnosis; developing effective screening  programmes and improving the assessment of disease susceptibility; improving surveillance  and preparedness; developing better preventive vaccines; using in-silico medicine for improving disease management and prediction;  treating disease; transferring knowledge to clinical practice and scalable  innovation actions; better use  of health data; active ageing, independent and assisted living; individual  empowerment for self-management of health; promotion of integrated care; improving scientific tools and methods to support policy  making and regulatory needs; and optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare systems and reducing inequalities by evidence based decision making and dissemination of best practice, and innovative technologies and approaches.


Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bio-Economy

The specific objective is to secure sufficient supplies of safe and high quality food and  other bio-based products, by developing  productive and resource-efficient primary  production systems, fostering related ecosystem services, along side competitive and low carbon supply chains. This will accelerate the transition to a sustainable European bioeconomy. Broad lines of activities:

(a) Sustainable agriculture and forestry

(b) Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet 

(c) Unlocking the potential of aquatic living resources

(d) Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries


Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy

The specific objective is to make the transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive  energy system, in the face of increasingly scarce resources, increasing energy needs and  climate change.

(a) Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint by smart and sustainable use

(b) Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply

(c) Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources

(d) A single, smart European electricity grid

(e) New knowledge and technologies 

(f) Robust decision making and public engagement

(g) Market uptake of energy innovation


Smart, Green and Integrated Transport

The specific objective is to achieve a European transport system that is resource-efficient, environmentally-friendly, safe and  seamless for the benefit of citizens, the  economy and society.

(b) Better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security

(c) Global leadership for the European transport industry

(d) Socio-economic research and forward looking activities for policy making


Climate Action, Resource Efficiency And Raw Materials

The specific objective is to achieve a resource efficient and climate change resilient  economy and a sustainable supply of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a  growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources.  Activities will contribute to increasing European competitiveness and improving well  being, whilst assuring environmental integrity and sustainability, keeping average global  warming below 2 °C and enabling ecosystems and society to adapt to climate change.

(a) Fighting and adapting to climate change

(b) Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

(c) Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

(d) Enabling the transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

(e) Developing comprehensive and sustained global environmental observation and  information systems


Inclusive, Innovative and Secure Societies

The specific objective is to foster inclusive, innovative and secure European societies in a  context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies.

Broad lines of activities:

Inclusive societies

(a) promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; 

(b) build resilient and inclusive societies in Europe; 

(c) strengthen Europe's role as a global actor; 

(d) close the research and innovation divide in Europe.

Innovative societies 

(a) strengthen the evidence base and support for the Innovation Union and ERA;

(b) explore new forms of innovation, including social innovation and creativity;

(c) ensure societal engagement in research and innovation; 

(d) promote coherent and effective cooperation with third countries.

Secure societies

(a) fight crime and terrorism;

(b) strengthen security through border management;

(c) provide cyber security;

(d) increase Europe's resilience to crises and disasters;

(e) ensure privacy and freedom in the Internet and enhance the societal dimension of




Per un ulteriore approfondimento delle tematiche, si rimanda al documento ufficiale Horizon2020.