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.
Ground Truth 2.0 builds on the strong existing social structures of citizens. The citizen groups and associations that are involved in the demonstration cases are: local communities closely working with the civil society organisation and consortium partners WWF and TAHMO (Zambia), outdoor enthusiasts and CSO (Sweden), weather enthusiasts and citizen scientists (The Netherlands), farmers, public schools, and outdoor enthusiasts (Spain), associations and members of the public at large who have an interest in safeguarding the quality of their local environment and more, specifically, the Youth and schools (Belgium), conservation organisations and tour operators (Kenya), local and (inter)national NGO’s representing citizens, farmers, schools, health workers, Youths and members of the general public via TAHMO.
Moreover, the Ground Truth 2.0 consortium involves industrial player for mobile apps and system integration and five SMEs that contribute relevant expertise in earth observation technologies and market uptake, hydrologic modelling, data mining of human sensed data and back end services, social media analytics for implicit data sensing by mining social media in a wide range of languages and serious gaming for cooperative planning, web mapping and GIS services as well as limited liability and not-for-profit organisations (knowledge and technology providers) for data collection and visualisation, land-use modelling and remote sensing and mobile data collection, open source software, citizen feedback systems and web tools and low-cost weather stations (TAHMO).
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