With the adoption last week by EU member states of the Horizon 2020 research program for the period from 2014 to 2020, and the release of the first call for projects yesterday, more support is in line for smart grids in Europe over the next seven years.

With a budget of almost €79 billion, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research program yet, and one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide, according to an EC statement – and an almost 30% increase over the current Seventh Framework Program (FP7) which it supersedes.

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