On the 20th of October, the European Commission DG Research & Innovation opened a public consultation on the EU funding programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020. The consultation is open until the 15th of January 2017 and provides an opportunity for all interested parties to give their views on the programme and suggestions for the future, in order to contribute to improving its overall functioning.
Horizon 2020, the multiannual funding scheme of the European Commission to fund research and innovation projects started in 2014 and runs to 2020 with a budget of €77 billion.
Of note, by September 1, 2016, over 9000 grant agreements were signed following calls with deadlines in 2014 and 2015, for a total of €16 billion.
Contributions to this consultation are particularly sought from researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators and all types of organisations that have participated in Horizon 2020.
The input provided through this public stakeholder consultation will be reflected in the interim evaluation of the H2020 scheme to be delivered by the European Commission by the 31st of December 2017. This evaluation will consist of three deliverables:
- A Staff Working Document which will present and summarise all the evidence gathered, factual evaluation results and lessons learnt for the future
- A report from a High Level Group with strategic conclusions on further boosting the impact of EU research and innovation funding, and a vision for future EU research and innovation
- A Communication from the Commission on the key evaluation results, observations on the report of the High Level Group, and implementation of the recommendations of the ex-post evaluation of FP7, the predecessor of Horizon 2020
You can preview the questionnaire here for your info and access the link to answer to it here.
Please also note that a specific consultation on public-public and public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020 will also be launched in the coming months.