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Commitment and Coherence: ex-post evaluation report on the EU's 7th Framework Programme for Research (FP7) published

Over 30,000 universities, research organisations, companies and NGOs received funding through the EU's 7th Framework Programme (FP7), with funding totalling 55 billion Euro. On 20 November 2015, Louise O. Fresco, President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Centres, and André Martinuzzi, Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business, handed over the evaluation report of this programme to Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

In the past decade, more than 25,000 research and development projects were supported with EU funds. The funds aimed at reinforcing European scientific excellence with a view to improve European economic competitiveness and contribute to solving social problems ranging from climate change to health and security. In order to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the world's largest research program an international independent expert group was established. André Martinuzzi, Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business was entrusted with the editor’s role in this evaluation. He was selected for this task by the European Commission based on his many years of experience in coordinating EU research projects and ability to draw on his track record in research, industry and policy.

"European investment in research and development contributes to growth, creates jobs and provides solutions to societal challenges. The evaluation report provides excellent information in how effective the EU Research programme was. It also provides excellent suggestions for improvement that the European Commission will take into consideration in designing future research programmes", said  Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation when receiving the report.

More coherence, more involvement

The Expert Group paid specific attention on the Programme’s effects on scientific excellence, economic competitiveness and social impacts. "We need to better coordinate the research funding between the EU and Member States and set strategic priorities for areas in which Europe can play a leading role worldwide", André Martinuzzi summarized some of the expert groups recommendations. "Moreover, we should give European people a more prominent role in research and consider them as equal partners in solving societal problems. They are the ones who allow their tax money to be spent on research and should thus benefit from the results the funded research brings".

The experts' report contains a number of recommendations for the ongoing research program Horizon 2020 as well. The European Commission will present its conclusions and decisions for the future of European research and development programmes and convey to the European Parliament in early 2016.

Link to the evaluation report:

PDFCommitment and Coherence - Ex-Post-Evaluation of the 7th EU Framework Programme (2007-2013) [PDF, 2 MB]

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E: andre.martinuzzi@wu.ac.at

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