Horizon 2020 found to be meeting its objectives, but is underfunded

Research and Transfer Service

7 June 2017

A new assessment of the first years of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, shows that it is on track to help create jobs and growth, tackle our biggest societal challenges and improve people's lives. Horizon 2020 has clear European added value by producing demonstrable benefits compared to national or regional-level support, but it has been so successful in attracting the best researchers and innovators that it could have spent four times its budget in support of excellent projects.

Besides oversubscription, the evaluation also identified other areas for improvement, including stimulating and scaling-up breakthrough, market-creating innovation in particular by SMEs; and increasing the awareness and involvement of the general public in agenda-setting.

Further information available here.