Unlike CEF, the idea is to develop or test new ideas using the Horizon 2020 (in German) program. Horizon 2020 also has a term from 2014 to 2020, but is financially far better equipped with around 75 billion Euros. With these available prerequisites, it is the largest European research and development funding program ever launched. In contrast to CEF, a certain degree of maturity is not a prerequisite for the promotion of a project - Horizon 2020 supports everything from basic research to product development.
The program forms a common framework for three challenges:
- Scientific excellence
- Leading role in industry
- Societal challenges
In eGovernment, the "Societal Challenges" are relevant where ICT innovation and applications are a crosscutting technology used in the following thematic areas:
- Health, demographic change and well-being (eHealth)
- Safe, clean and efficient energy supply (inter alia Smart Cities)
- More intelligent, environmentally friendly traffic
- Climate protection, resource efficiency and raw materials
- Integrative, innovative and reflective society (inter alia eGovernment and cultural heritage)
Austria participates in the pilot project "TOOP", which deals with the topic "data only once". In concrete terms, the project will work out the exchange of "business data" from registers and "business documents" for specific procedures and events across borders. The project involves 22 nations (including Austria) through 56 institutions (four Austrian project partners).
A proposal for a successor program will have to be negotiated in the context of the new multi-annual financial framework.