Commission review: partnerships in research and innovation boost the economy

The results of interim evaluations of public-private and public-public partnerships supported by Horizon 2020, published on 9 October seem to confirm that research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and the Member States are on track to deliver on their objectives, to improve people's lives and to increase Europe's international competitiveness.

Thee valuation of the seven public-private partnership scalled Joint Undertakings (JUs) under Horizon 2020 and their six predecessors under the previous (seventh) framework programme seem to confirm that the partnerships contribute directly to EU competitiveness and policy goals. The key strength of the JUs is their ability to engage major industry partners across borders and to overcome fragmentation in their sectors.

A separate evaluation of public-public partnershipssupported by the EU via Horizon 2020 highlights that these large joint research and innovation programmes of several EU Member States, countries associated to Horizon 2020 and, in some cases, also third countries seem to contribute to more effective and efficient coordination and cooperation in and outside Europe.

These initiatives support Europe in responding to its international commitments and also help strengthen its competitiveness. The evaluation also identifies some challenges for these partnerships, and the Commission will use it to develop proposals on partnerships in the next Framework Programme.


The seven public-private partnerships represent a total investment in research and innovation of €19.5 billion over seven years, where the EU contribution of €7.3 billion is expected to unlock a €12.2 billion investment from the private sector and the Member States. These partnerships work in a number of key fields:

  • Bio-based Industries (BBI): to use renewable natural resources and innovative technologies for greener everyday products
  • Clean Sky 2 (CS2): to develop cleaner, quieter aircraft with significantly less CO2 emissions
  • Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL): to boost Europe's electronics manufacturing capabilities
  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 (FCH2): to accelerate the market introduction of clean and efficient technologies in energy and transport
  • Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI2): to develop next generation vaccines, medicines and treatments
  • SESAR 2020: to develop the new generation of European Air Traffic Management system that will enhance the performance of air transport
  • Shift2Rail (S2R): to develop better trains and railway infrastructure that will drastically reduce costs and improve capacity, reliability and punctuality

In addition, over € 5.5 billion has been jointly invested by the EU, the Member States, countries associated to Horizon 2020 and some third countries in five public-public partnerships over the last ten years, with a sixth expected to start working in 2018:

  • Active and Assisted Living Research and Development Programme (AAL2): technologies empowering the elderly and disabled to live safely in their own homes
  • Baltic Sea research and development programme (BONUS): ecosystem-based management of the Baltic sea
  • European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership 2(EDCTP2): new treatments for poverty-related diseases
  • The European Metrology Programme for Research and Innovation (EMPIR): the best metrology solutions for tackling global challenges
  • Eurostars 2: support for high-tech SMEs
  • Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA): new initiative on improving the water and food quality in the Mediterranean. To start working in 2018

Date: 03/11/2017 | Tag: | News: 682 of 1574
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