What Horizon Europe is

Horizon Europe, is the EU’s next funding programme for research and innovation. It will run from 2021 to 2027 with a proposed budget of €100 billion.

The interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 and the report of the high level group helped to build the proposal for Horizon Europe, and its impact assessment.

Evaluating Horizon Europe

Article 47 of the proposed Horizon Europe Regulation outlines that evaluations will be carried out in a timely manner to feed into the decision-making process on Horizon Europe and future framework programmes.

An interim evaluation of Horizon Europe should be carried out once there is enough information about its implementation. It must be done no later than 4 years after the start of the programme.

It will assess the programme's effect based on its indicators and targets and provide a detailed analysis of the degree to which the programme is

  • relevant
  • effective
  • efficient
  • providing enough EU added-value
  • coherent with other EU policies

The evaluation will also identify deficiencies or problems. It will identify potential to improve the programme’s activities and results and maximise the exploitation and impact of the programme.

Impact assessment

The impact assessment identifies the main research and innovation challenges in Europe, outlines the objectives of the future programme and its foreseen structure.

For Horizon Europe it also provides evidence-based policy and design recommendations such as unique elements e.g. research and innovation missions and a fully-fledged European Innovation Council.

The impact assessment for Horizon Europe was published in June 2018.

It was drafted in line with the Commission’s better regulation guidelines and builds on the:

  • evidence and lessons learned from the interim evaluation of the preceding programme, Horizon 2020
  • recommendations of the independent high-level group on maximising the impact of EU research and innovation
  • results of a stakeholder consultation


ReportJuly 2018Research and Innovation

A new horizon for Europe - impact assessment for Horizon Europe 2021-2027

Book version of the impact assessment for Horizon Europe
Working documentJune 2018Research and Innovation

Horizon Europe impact assessment - Staff Working Document

Impact assessment for Horizon Europe
ReportJuly 2018Research and Innovation

Monitoring the impact of EU Framework Programmes

Analysis on monitoring the impact of the Framework Programmes, which informed the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework proposed for Horizon Europe
ReportJune 2018Research and Innovation

Synthesis of stakeholder input for Horizon Europe

Analysis of the results of the public consultation and key findings from the analysis of stakeholder position papers on Horizon Europe
ReportJuly 2017Research and Innovation


Report of the independent High Level Group, also known as the Lamy Report, on maximising the impact of EU research and innovation programmes