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12 Apr 2016

ITRE report analyses implementation of EP's key priorities in H2020

At the request of the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament (EP), the EP's Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department A (Economic and Scientific Policy) has produced an in-depth analysis on the Horizon 2020 measures addressing the Parliament’s priorities. The analysis feeds into a general debate on how the EU implements its research and innovation strategies to support economic growth and create jobs. The report also provides policy recommendations, based on the collected information and analysis.

The EP's priorities for Horizon 2020 include e.g. increasing SME participation, the Fast Track to Innovation scheme, researcher careers and researcher mobility as a contribution to ERA, a guaranteed budget for "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation", for "Science with and for Society", for e-infrastructures and for achieving EU climate and energy goals, 85% of the "Energy Challenge" budget earmarked for non-fossil fuel energy research, transparency and openness of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the EIT, synergies between Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and other parts of H2020, Open access (OA) to scientific publications and research data, gender balance, a balance between small, medium and large projects, and synergies between Horizon 2020 and Cohesion Policy.

Generally, these priorities seem to have been well addressed by Horizon 2020 so far, according to the report. However, the report also identifies some bottlenecks and areas with a need for improvement and makes the following recommendations, amongst others:

  • some improvements are required in the implementation of the SME Instrument;
  • the impact of the funding in spreading excellence and widening participation is seen as questionable;
  • more transparency is required in the implementation of PPPs and the EIT, and greater openness to new members is recommended;
  • synergies between the FET and other parts of the programme exist, but could still be improved;
  • with regard to Open Access to scientific publications and research data, some problems remain in relation to author processing charges by hybrid journals;
  • the gender balance goal has not yet been fully achieved, but has improved since FP7;
  • to achieve a better balance between small, medium and large projects, more medium sized projects should be supported;
  • synergies between Horizon 2020 and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) exist, but require further instructions on how to implement such synergies.

For further information:

EP Report "Scrutiny on Horizon 2020 focusing on the European Parliament's Priorities"


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