Horizon 2020 at the crossroads


Horizon 2020 at the crossroads

Executive Summary

Horizon 2020 is currently the biggest EU Research and Innovation funding program. The ultimate goal of the program is to speed up the number of “breakthroughs, discoveries, and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.”1 In Luxembourg, this program has enabled sound projects: from green transportation and logistics products to projects addressing societal challenges on the areas of health and care for the elderly.
In 2017, the interim impact assessment of the program will be
released, and with it the performance of the indicators evaluating this EU tool. Additionally, the interim assessment will provide an updated evaluation of the value delivered by projects funded under the predecessor framework FP7. Henceforth and with this interim assessment, H2020 will either make it or break it: either the next framework program will be reinforced and its budget potentially strengthened, or the 12 key areas covered under H2020 might split into smaller programs.

1 European Commission, “Horizon 2020.” Accessed November 2016. Retrieved from: https://ec.europa.eu/programs/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020

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