22 Sep 2016
Pascal Lamy to chair High Level Group on impact of EU research funding
In the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the European Commission will set up a High Level Group of experts who will advise on how to maximise the impact of the EU's investment into research and innovation. The Group will be chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, the Commission decided on 21 September 2016.
The experts will formulate a vision for future EU research and innovation and draw up strategic recommendations on maximising the impact of EU's future investment in this area. They will base their work on the available Horizon 2020 interim evaluation results and other factual evidence such as the results of the related public consultation, which will be launched in October 2016.
The Group will comprise up to twelve highly qualified, independent members appointed in their personal capacity. They are currently being selected from over 350 candidates that responded to an online call for expression of interest. The selection process is expected to be finalised in November 2016.
The High Level Group will then start its work in December 2016. Its final report will be published in June 2017, followed by a stakeholder conference in Brussels. The Group's recommendations will be taken forward by the European Commission for the future development of EU research and innovation funding, in particular the implementation of the remaining years of Horizon 2020.