According to an article published on Research Africa, Horizon 2020 looks set to receive around €8.8 billion in the first year of the programme, which is €1.4 billion less than Framework 7 received in 2013.

The figures have been published by the Commission today (26 June), in its draft budget for 2014.

Although the plan will be updated following an agreement on the overall seven-year multiannual financial framework, the figures give an indication of how the EU intends to allocate its funds next year.

According to the draft, EU research spending will be 14 per cent lower in the first year of Horizon 2020 compared to the last year of Framework 7.

Spending is normally lowest in the first year of a seven-year cycle, to allow for budgetary allocations to ramp up over the duration of the programme. However, because of ever-increasing spending in research over the last decade, this will be the first year since 1999 that the Framework programme budget has decreased relative to the previous year.

According to the Commission’s estimates, the Erasmus programme for student exchange will receive €1.4bn in 2014, a similar figure to the programme’s budget in 2013.

The European satellite navigation systems, Egnos and Galileo, will receive €1.3bn next year, and the European Earth Observation Programme Copernicus €363 million.

The Iter fusion facility has been allocated €940 million.

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