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13 Jun 2017

MEPs give final vote to Horizon 2020 assessment and propose €120bn for FP9

In a non-legislative resolution passed on 13 June 2017, the European Parliament presented its assessment of Horizon 2020. The main conclusions of the assessment are the following: Horizon 2020 must be primarily grant-based, and a balanced mix of small, medium and large-sized projects should be offered. There should be no more cuts to the Horizon 2020 budget. The funding target of 3% of the EU’s GDP for R&D should be reached. "Excellence" should remain the essential evaluation criterion, "impact" should include economic and social effects.

MEPs also made some recommendations for the FP9 proposal:
 - An increased overall budget of EUR 120 billion for FP9;
- The reintroduction of two-stage evaluation;
- Separation of defence research from civil research in the next MFF, providing two different programmes with two different budgets;
- Priority to funding for climate change research and climate data collection infrastructure.

EP Press Release

ITRE Report on the assessment of Horizon 2020 implementation in view of its interim evaluation and the Framework Programme 9 proposal

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