The European Commission has published its ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the EU’s research funding programme between 2007 and 2013. The evaluation is based on a report by an independent group of high level experts, as well as the Commission’s response to its recommendations published in two legal documents.
The main findings are that FP7 was effective in boosting excellent science and strengthening Europe’s industrial competitiveness, contributing to growth and jobs in Europe. The evaluation also identified ways to improve how the EU funds research and innovation, of which many issues are already being taken up by Horizon 2020, the successor programme to FP7.
You can read the full memo here.
The report of the High Level Expert Group is available here.
*Original Source: European Commission – Fact Sheet, published Brussels, 25 January 2016