On 20 October 2016, the European Commission launched a public stakeholder consultation which is meant to feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020.
This evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.
The European Commission will publish a Staff Working Document, including a summary of the results of the consultation, by mid-2017.
A parallel consultation on the Euratom Research and Training Programme has also been launched with the same closing date. Furthermore, a stakeholder consultation on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is running until 20 November 2016, and a consultation on public-public and public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020 will also be launched in the near future. The interim evaluation will also draw on existing surveys and consultations, including on simplification and on a European Innovation Council. Consultations are an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme and can thereby help shape future calls.
The period of consultation for the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 runs from 20 October 2016 to 15 January 2017.
The Public stakeholder consultation can be found here.
The press release can be found here.