The core of the Horizon 2020 programme consists mainly of 3 pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. Next to other programmes as Spreading excellence and Widening participation and Science with and for Society, the Joint Research Center is also highlighted.
Excellent science raises the level of excellence in Europe's science base and ensures a steady stream of world-class research to secure Europe's long-term competitiveness.
This pillar aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.
A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, market uptake...
Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that supports society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.
With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management functionalities and go to the market. With the grant, that was an essential component of their second investment round, Avia-GIS aims at raising its revenue from the current 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.