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11 Jan 2018

Commission summarises learnings of Horizon 2020 interim evaluation

On 11 January 2018, the European Commission published its Communication "Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation: Maximising the impact of EU research and innovation". The Communication develops lessons learned from the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 in areas such as international cooperation, synergies with other EU programmes and policies as well as continued efforts to simplify the EU's research and innovation support landscape. The possible improvements and orientations for the future reflect the recommendations of the report by the independent High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research & Innovation programmes chaired by Pascal Lamy.

The key messages of this Communication are the following:

  • Europe must step up investment in research and innovation in order to maximise impact
  • Creating more impact through mission-orientation
  • An increase in effective engagement of citizens
  • Supporting breakthrough innovation
  • Deepening concrete links with other EU funding programmes
  • Strengthening open science.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The evaluation proves that Horizon 2020 is a true European success story with high added value for taxpayers and real impact on our economy and quality of life. But there is always room for improvement. We are strongly committed to achieving greater impact and openness of EU research and innovation funding. In its final years, Horizon 2020 is already taking up some of the improvements, for example through a pilot phase of the European Innovation Council supporting breakthrough innovation.”

Taking into account the lessons learned and indications for the future provided in the Communication, the Commission is expected to come forward with the legal proposals for the post-2020 EU research and innovation programme by mid-2018.

Commission Communication

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