• Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation and FP9 – what are the digital industry’s views?

    14 December 2016International cooperation is crucial in developing new knowledge, building momentum for global standards and creating early access to future markets.

    Horizon 2020 offers DIGITALEUROPE’s members a well-established framework for cooperation with skilled researchers all over Europe - exchanging new ideas for state-of-the art research, building platforms and establishing networks of talented people.

    DIGITALEUROPE’s members appreciate the European Commission’s on-going efforts for simplification but more must be done to achieve a trust-based, risk tolerant approach towards beneficiaries. We have thus identified some issues in the implementation of Horizon 2020 that need to be addressed either in the remaining time of Horizon 2020 or in the next Framework Programme. Here, we refer especially to the problem of oversubscription, the evaluation process, uncertainties surrounding the Grant Agreement negotiations and the accounting practices.

    Thinking ahead, the next Framework Programme needs to establish the right balance across the whole research & innovation chain from fundamental to market-innovation driven research at EU level. It needs to consider their differences in terms of impact, lead times, leverage effects and European added-value. It is of utmost importance to promote the participation of key industrial sectors and companies to solve societal challenges and to improve Europe’s competitiveness.

    You find our more detailed position here: DIGITALEUROPE's position on Evaluating Horizon 2020 and FP9


    For more information, please contact:  


    Annika Eberstein
    Policy Manager



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