Alan Haigh

Head of Department – Horizon 2020 Energy and Transport


Alan Haigh is the Head of the H2020 Department in the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). The department comprises two units, Energy and Transport. These are responsible for the implementation of specific parts of the Energy and Transport challenges of H2020 with a combined total budget of 6.7 billion € between 2014 and 2020. Since 1999 he has worked for the European Commission in Brussels as Head of Unit for Marie Curie Fellowships and was involved in the launch of the 7th Research Framework Programme. Between 2009 and 2014 he worked in the Industrial Technologies Directorate of DG Research and Innovation being responsible for the Research Fund for Coal and Steel. When he joined INEA in January 2014 he became the first person in the newly formed H2020 Department, which is currently responsible for implementing 2.2 billion € of Research and Innovation projects in the fields of Transport and Energy. He started his career in the UK nuclear industry (UKAEA) at the Harwell Research Laboratories, Oxfordshire, and in 1990 he transferred to the JET Nuclear Fusion experiment. Having initially obtained a BSc in Physical Sciences he became a member of the Institute of Physics in 1993 and a Chartered Engineer through the British Engineering Council.
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