The interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme for 2014–2020, is well underway. The Academy of Finland has now published its own contribution to the public stakeholder consultation launched by the European Commission. In its contribution, the Academy underscores the importance of keeping research excellence as the overriding principle in all three pillars of Horizon 2020.
The Academy would also like to see the funding programme paying more attention to all various dimensions of research impact. Although the impact of research is already one of the evaluation criteria used in Horizon 2020, the Academy argues that it is understood too narrowly. Science is a prime source of wealth and prosperity, but science also improves our understanding of the world and enhances our level of civilisation, supports the development of good practices and informs decision-making.
Other themes in the Academy’s contribution to the public consultation are the promotion of open science and the reinforcement of the European Research Area. Open science must be incorporated into all parts of the Commission’s activities, not just into the projects funded under Horizon 2020. The Academy also wants to draw the Commission’s attention to the need to further develop the evaluation and administration processes of the programme.
Horizon 2020 runs for seven years between 2014 and 2020, and it will provide almost 80 billion euros in funding for European research and innovation. The programme is currently going through an interim evaluation. The public stakeholder consultation is open until 15 January 2017. The online questionnaire is available on the Commission's website.
The results of the evaluation will be available in mid-2017. They will form the basis for the planning of the next framework programme.
- Riitta Maijala, Vice President for Research, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 002, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Johanna Hakala, Head of International Affairs, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 147, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
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