Horizon 2020, European Union’s biggest research and innovation program, is granting €400 million to aid Pakistani’s with their research work.
Pakistani researchers are developers are doing great work in their fields recently a Pakistani researcher developed facial recognition software that scan even in darkness and another developer developed a software which can erase you from internet, these guys are becoming the spotlight for international media and now, European Union is giving away a grant of €400 million.
This announcement was made at the Horizon 2020 awareness seminar by the acting head of Delegation of European Union in Pakistan, Steafano Gatto. Horizon 2020 is EU’s biggest research and innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs and discoveries by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Back in 2014, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) was declared as the Focal Organization for EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020.
The Horizon 2020 initiative will not only provide funds but also they will guide the new researchers, visit their website and know more about there initiative.
Moreover, the guide you through the funding process of your research work as well. Once you’ve found your partners and submitted your proposal, experts go through your application to determine whether your work is up to the mark. Needless to say that the selection process is very competitive. They have also given support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s). Any SME working in a country associated with Horizon 2020 can ask for grants on their innovation projects.
The Horizon 2020 event here was jointly organised by the European Union Delegation to Pakistan, Pakistan Science Foundation and the Karachi University. Several Pakistani representatives also spoke at the occasion highlighting the research work done by Pakistanis. They also specifically lauded the European Union’s effort in assisting our researchers. Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation Professor Dr M. Ashraf also informed the attendees of PSF’s. He stated that the institute was founded in 1973 and since its inception the department has been providing funding to the research institutions of Pakistan.
We should also mention that Pakistan recently becomes CERN’s first Asian Associate Member.