Interim evaluation of HORIZON 2020

This  Staff  Working  Document  represents  the  interim  evaluation  of  Horizon  2020,  the  EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020. Horizon 2020 was designed to drive economic growth and create jobs by coupling research and innovation (R&I), with an emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The general objective is to contribute to the EU's overarching jobs and growth strategy by: helping to build a society and an economy based on knowledge and innovation across the Union; by leveraging  additional  research,  development  and  innovation  funding;  and  by  contributing  to  attaining R&I targets, including the target of 3% of GDP for R&I across the Union by 2020.

This evaluation assesses Horizon 2020's current progress towards its objectives. The findings will contribute to the last Work Programme for 2018 –2020, will provide the evidence-base for the report of the High Level Expert Group on maximizing the impact of EU Research and Innovation programmes and will inform the design of future Framework Programmes. An interim evaluation, when the first projects have only started three years ago, has obvious limitations. Science and innovation are long term and risky endeavours creating impact that can only very partially be captured after such a short period. A monitoring system with indicators to systematically track impact (in particular for societal challenges) is found to be wanting.

Document type
  • Report


Publication Year


European Commission
Geographical focus
  • EC
  • H2020
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Giorgio Piccirillo on June 1, 2017
Modified on June 1, 2017