MEPs give final vote to Horizon 2020 assessment and propose €120bn for FP9
In a non-legislative resolution passed on 13 June 2017, the European Parliament presented its assessment of Horizon 2020. The main conclusions of the assessment are the following: Horizon 2020 must be primarily grant-based, and a balanced mix of small, medium and large-sized projects should be offered. There should be no more cuts to the Horizon 2020 budget. The funding target of 3% of the EU’s GDP for R&D should be reached. "Excellence" should remain the essential evaluation criterion, "impact" should include economic and social effects.
MEPs also made some recommendations for the FP9 proposal:
- An increased overall budget of EUR 120 billion for FP9;
- The reintroduction of two-stage evaluation;
- Separation of defence research from civil research in the next MFF, providing two different programmes with two different budgets;
- Priority to funding for climate change research and climate data collection infrastructure.