11 Oct 2019
EC receives more than 8,000 responses in Horizon Europe consultations
The European Commission (EC) has recevied a total of more than 8,000 responses in two surveys on Horizon Europe.
The first Horizon Europe survey took place from 28 June to 4 October 2019, dealing with key strategic orientations for research and innovation support for the first four years of the Framework Programme, as well as descriptions of expected impacts, cross-cluster issues and intervention areas to be covered. 6,806 responses were received, coming from 99 countries, including all EU Member States which made up 87% of the responses. Just over 50% of the responses came from universities or research organisations, with around 15% from business or industry, 7% from NGOs, 6% from other public authorities, and 3% from international organisations. According to the EC, respondents showed broad support for the targeted impacts and priorities referred to in the survey’s orientations document. They stressed the importance of research and innovation to contribute to sustainable solutions, especially for climate related challenges.
The second survey took place from 31 July to 4 October 2019 and concerned the implementation strategy of Horizon Europe. Here a total of 1,550 responses were received, coming from 64 countries, including all EU Members States which made up 88% of the responses. Just over 40% came from universities or research organisations, 35% from business or industry, 9% from public authorities, 6% from NGOs and 2% from international organisations. The EC finds that respondents appreciated the simplification measures achieved under Horizon 2020, but highlighted the scope for further improvements (less complex calls, simpler proposal templates, improved evaluation feedback, further improving IT systems and the Funding and Tenders Portal) across the entire project life-cycle.
The Commission announced that a detailed analysis of the results of both surveys is currently being carried out, also taking into account the outputs of the co-design sessions and meetings organised at the European Research and Innovation Days (Brussels, 24-26 September 2019). The full results will be available at the end of October and will inform the Horizon Europe’s strategic planning process.
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