On 25 January, the European Commission published the evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme, the EU research funding programme for 2007-2013.
The evaluation, conducted by an independent group of high-level experts, analyzes the economic and societal impact of the programme. It has generated several important findings. To begin with, in attracting a high number of private sector participants, FP7 has boosted the competitiveness of European industries. Furthermore, the programme has played a significant role in strengthening scientific excellence. For example, projects funded under FP7 have, so far, given rise to 170,000 publications.
Finally, FP7 has strongly contributed to the creation of jobs and growth in Europe. Estimates suggest that, over a period of ten years, the programme is opening up 130,000 research jobs per year. FP7 is creating approximately 160,000 additional jobs per year over a period of 25 years. In addition to addressing the programme’s strengths, the ex-post evaluation of FP7 also reveals several of its weaknesses.
While some of these have already been taken into account in the process of establishing Horizon 2020, these findings will be used to further improve the new EU research and innovation funding programme.
At the ITRE Committee meeting on 28 January, the European Commission will present both the results of the evaluation and its response to the High-Level Expert Group recommendations.
For further information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-145_en.htm