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Evaluation study of the European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation for an Innovative Europe

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the support to innovation of the EU Research & Innovation Framework programme which feeds into the ex-post evaluation of Horizon 2020, due end 2023, and into the interim evaluation of Horizon Europe, due end 2024. The main objective is to evaluate how Horizon 2020/Europe multiannual programmes supported companies in their journey from inventors to innovators. 

The study team applies a dedicated methodology, including a set of case studies and benchmarking exercises, to assess the implementation of the EU Research & Innovation Framework programme in two phases and will provide input for these two evaluations. This back-to back approach, covering under a single study data collection and analysis to inform these two evaluations, should allow for an alignment in evaluation methodologies (including indicators) and for better accounting of longer-term effects of the Framework Programmes. The study shall identify what worked well and less well, lessons to be learned and suggestions for improvement for the short and longer-term of the Framework Programme. The traditional methods are enriched with additional methods such as microeconometric and macroeconometric modelling, patent analysis, Natural language processing and R&I topic modelling, company data analysis, SDG data mapping.

The study team completed Phase 1, which evaluated Innovative Europe programme parts in Horizon 2020 framework programme. Programme parts covered: Innovation in SME, Access to Risk Finance, EIC Pilot, EIT KICs and Eurostars-2 partnership. The tasks of phase 1 are fully completed which included these methods: case studies (15), benchmarks (3) and a comparative study. The study team carried out 195 interviews with EC officials, H2020 beneficiaries and other stakeholders.  Multiple quantitative methods were used to enritch the analysis: EC administrative and monitoring data analysis, microeconometric analysis, macroeconomic analysis, patent analysis, company enrichment with ORBIS and Dealroom, company investment data analysis, SDG mapping, Innovation Radar analysis. The study published a separate Eurostars-2 evaluation report.