Impact of the EU programmes for Research

Engaging Workshop in Brussels

The validation workshop for the study titled "Evaluating the uptake and impact of participation in the European Framework Programmes for Research in the Member States" was organised at DG RTD's premises in Brussels on 19th May 2017. The workshop gathered a group of 34 national experts, independent consultants and Commission representatives. The main purpose for the workshop was to discuss and validate study findings, using the knowledge and experience of engaged experts and consultants.


CSES and Oxford Research lead this evaluation project engaging a number of ENSR partners and external actors. The overarching objective for the study is to assess the uptake and impact of participation in the European RTD Framework Programmes ("FPs") in 28 EU Member States ("MS") and 13 Associated Countries ("AC"), i.e. a total of 41 countries.


The study has been commissioned to support the European Commission in better communicating the European Added Value (EAV) of the Framework Programmes in each MS and AC. It is prepared with a view to help to further the European Commission's understanding of the impact of the FPs and facilitate the design of future EU RTD programmes so as, to maximise their future impacts. It will also feed in to the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020. 


Dr. Kim Møller (Oxford Research) introduced the workshop. Mike Coyne, Mark Whittle and Malin Carlberg (CSES) presented each session to explain the work carried out during the study and to outline the emerging findings.  In the introductory opening of the workshop, the political context was outlined, in particular the growing interest of MS/ AC in investigating their performance in respect of participation rates and in assessing the impacts of participation through the commissioning of national evaluations.


The workshop was divided up into five sessions, corresponding to the evidence base gathered through the study, including:


  • General trends and patterns in MS/AC national research and innovation landscape and policies during the past 15 years
  • Evolution of participation patterns in Framework Programmes in each MS/AC during the last 15 years
  • Longitudinal and cumulative impacts of FP participation on Member States and Associated Countries
  • Validation of country reports and findings for study and a final conclusion session.


Each session was composed of a formal presentation by the research team followed by a group discussion in which the participants were invited to express their opinion. Here the significant contribution was provided by many companies including members of ENSR, among others Panteia, KMFU and Oxford Research.

During the discussions it was concluded that in general FP program have a significant impact on research activities in all EU and AC countries. As a result of those programs significant advancement is achieved for European science and innovation. This in turn increases the competitiveness of all European countries. In addition, the discussions clearly indicated that the contribution of the programs is significant in both quantitative as well as qualitative terms. However, there are some challenges in assessment of the short and especially long-term impact that should be addressed in the future.


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