Evaluations are an essential part of the EU's Framework Programmes. They create a crucial evidence base to steer the implementation of research and innovation programmes, as well as guide future Framework Programmes.
The EU's 9th Framework Programme is the main instrument for investments in research and innovation for the period 2021 to 2027. The Impact Assessment published in June 2018 underpinned the legislative proposal for the future programme, in line with the Commission’s Better Regulation Guidelines. The Impact Assessment builds on the evidence and lessons learnt from the interim evaluation of the 8th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, and the recommendations of the independent High-Level Group on maximising the impact of EU research and innovation. Horizon Europe is ‘an evolution, not a revolution’ and will focus on a few design improvements to further increase the openness and impact and EU added value for citizens. The Impact Assessment therefore identifies the main research and innovation challenges in Europe, outlines the objectives of the future programme and its foreseen structure, and provides evidence-based policy and design recommendations for its main features, such as the research and innovation missions, and the European Innovation Council.
- Impact Assessment for Horizon Europe - Publication
- Impact Assessment for Horizon Europe – legal texts
- Horizon Europe
Horizon 2020 evaluations
In 2017, the Commission carried out and published an interim evaluation of the Horizon 2020 programme. This assessment was carried out according to the legal requirements of Horizon 2020, as well as the five evaluation criteria set out by the Commission’s Better Regulation guidelines (coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, EU added value, relevance).
Monitoring the implementation of EU framework programmes is an essential part of the overall evaluation and monitoring system and an integral part of the Commission's Better Regulation agenda.
For Horizon 2020, the Commission has a legal obligation to monitor its implementation continually and systematically, to report annually and to disseminate the results of this monitoring. Read more Horizon 2020 Monitoring.
- Horizon Europe Impact Assessment Book
- Horizon 2020 – In Full Swing: Key Facts and Figures 2014-2016
- Commission Staff Working Document on Article 185 initiatives ( 799 KB)
- Commission Staff Working Document on Article 187 initiatives ( 2.6 MB)
- Results of H2020 stakeholder consultation ( 3.8 MB)
- Horizon 2020 Annual Monitoring Report 2015 ( 5.6 MB)