Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), is already in its third year. An interim evaluation is now underway to assess whether the Programme is on track to achieve its objectives.
Working from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of nearly 77 billion euro, Horizon 2020 is one of the largest research and innovation schemes worldwide. In its first two years, the programme attracted over 76 thousand eligible proposals. Over 9000 grant agreements were signed by 1 September 2016 for calls with deadlines in 2014 and 2015, allocating almost 16 billion euro to boosting excellent science, creating industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. Almost a half of successful applicants are newcomers to the programme.