In context of the midterm evaluation of Horizon 2020 and the planning for the upcoming Framework Programme 9, the discussion about impact has gained traction. They key questions are how to assess the success of EU research funding and its instruments, and which lessons to draw for the future.
Mr Francisco Marin Perez, Director General of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and High Level Group Chairman of EUREKA participated at the 8th EIS conference session “Mid-term Review and post 2020 preparations”, on Tuesday 15 November 2016. The panel moderated by MEPs Andrey Novakov and Lambert van Nistelrooij looked at various European instruments to discuss evaluation criteria and the meaning of impact in their respective funding contexts, to distill challenges and issues, and to identify potential new ways of quantifying the benefits of European research investments for society.
“The new approach for the next framework programmes should be built strongly across the three pillars: national, intergovernmental and the communitarian (EU), in order to achieve maximum impact for the benefit of European innovators. The present organisation of innovation support must not be limited to Commission Programmes, but cover the entirety of the ERA and chart a single and lean model, which is easily accessible and understandable by the innovation community and ensures close coordination and a fluid collaboration between the EU and the national sphere,” said Mr Marin Perez.