The Seventh Framework programme for Research (FP7) has been criticized for having overly complex procedures for the financial administration.
Thus DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned a benchmarking and impact assessment study to respond to the call of stakeholders to substantially simplify the framework programme for participants in the future.
The benchmarking study of grant schemes shows that output-based, high trust funding schemes are successfully operated by several research agencies, including NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
The impact analysis shows that an output-based approach for EU Framework programme research grants would considerably reduce the financial-administrative efforts. Savings up to 80% for both beneficiaries and the Agency managing the grant scheme could be achieved. This would keep the focus of EU funded projects firmly on research and innovation rather than on financial administration.
The results of this study may be used by certain Commission services and/or the Research Executive Agency to devise a funding scheme in Horizon 2020 which will no longer rely on time-sheets and costs, but on lump-sums for whole projects.
To read the entire report below in PDF:
Evaluation of output based funding for the space and security themes in a future EU Framework Programme for research.