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Analysing the EU's 7th Framework Programme for Research


Margit Schratzenstaller (WIFO), Klaus Schuch (ZSI/fteval), Josef Affenzeller (AVL List), André Martinuzzi (WU), Johannes Fröhlich (TU Vienna), Barbara Weitgruber (BMWFW), Barbara Streicher (ScienceCenter-Network) © André Martinuzzi, WU


Commitment and Coherence: Conclusions from the Ex-Post Evaluation Report on the EU's 7th Framework Programme for Research (FP7)

Vienna, Austria, January 22, 2016

55 billion Euro have been spent to fund over 25.000 research projects by over 30,000 universities, research organisations, companies and NGOs through the EU's 7th Framework Programme (FP7). An international High Level Exert Group, chaired by Louise O. Fresco (President of Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands), with André Martinuzzi (Vienna University of Economics and Business, WU) as rapporteur, and Adele Wiman as assistant presented a report titled "Commitment and Coherence - Ex-Post-Evaluation of the 7th EU Framework Programme (2007-2013)" on November 20th, 2015.

The report was presented and discussed at an event organised by the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, and the Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation on January 22nd, 2016.

Introductory speeches by André Martinuzzi (WU) and Robert Jan Smits (Director-General DG Research & Innovation) were followed by a panel discussion with Barbara Weitgruber (BMWFW), Margit Schratzenstaller-Altzinger (WIFO), Brigitte Tiefenthaler (Technopolis Austria), Barbara Streicher (ScienceCenter-Network), Josef Affenzeller (AVL List), and Johannes Fröhlich (Vice Rector for Research and Innovation, TU Vienna).

WWWforEurope deputy coordinator Margit Schratzenstaller argued for shifting RTD expenditures towards research on grand societal challenges: here RTD programmes financed from the EU Budget can be expected to add true European value, as these grand societal challenges require interdisciplinary approaches and the representation of member states' heterogeneity, which can only be achieved by rather large European research consortia. Schratzenstaller also pointed at the WWWforEurope result - disappointing from a sustainability perspective - that only 9% of H2020 funds are designated for research on climate change.

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