Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 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.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

 

Rannsóknarverkefni styrkt af Horizon 2020

UPRIGHT, “Universal Preventive Resilience Intervention globally implemented in schools to improve and promote mental Health for Teenagers” started on the 1st of January 2018 and will last for 48 months. The project aims to promote mental well-being among adolescents, while preventing mental illnesses in education centres through increasing their resilience capacity.

Early adolescence, from 12 to 14 years of age, is considered a time of major physical, mental, emotional and social changes. There are risk factors, which may lead to mental health disorders and health-risk behaviours for this age group. In this context, working with resilience may become a very valuable tool to improve their capacity to address adverse situations and maintain positive mental health.

UPRIGHT aims to enhance the resilience capacity of teenagers. The project includes the proposal to co-design a resilience programme aimed at teenagers, families, professionals in the fields of education, and education centres, which will be implemented in five pilot countries (Iceland, Italy, Poland, Denmark and the Basque Country – Spain).