Horizon 2020 has been the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme so far with nearly €80 billion of funding made available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money has attracted.
Open to everyone, H2020 aims at securing Europe’s global competitiveness by ensuring that Europe produces world-class science and remove barriers to innovation in 22 areas such as key enabling technologies, ICT research & innovation, energy or health.
The common view of the EU Institutions is that the Framework Programmes for R&I have a high EU added value and that the implementation of the current Programme is largely a success.
Learn more about the impact assessment here.
Looking at the key findings of the 2018 Horizon Europe interim evaluation, the commission highlighted that ‘Horizon 2020 is attractive and relevant’. It offers ‘unique collaboration and networking opportunities’ and attracts newcomers who represents more than a half of the H2020 participants compared to the previous Framework Programme 7 (FP7). It underlined that Horizon 2020 is on track to contribute significantly to the creation of jobs and growth and added that ‘the evaluations of Horizon 2020-supported partnership initiatives show how effective they are in leveraging significant additional private and public funding and in aligning R&I priorities across Europe’.
See the key figures on H2020 projects here.