The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has published the second monitoring report on the activities, results and impacts of the Horizon 2020 funding programme.
The report provides an assessment of the calls closed in 2015 along with the updated data for 2014 calls, as well as aggregation for both years. The study underlines the most important issues related to performance as measured by the key performance indicators, implementation aspects and participation trends.
In general, participation shares of third countries has increased from 2014 to 2015 but decreased as compared to FP7. Moreover, in Horizon 2020, Japanese participation has decreased in collaborative projects but has increased in MSCA projects as compared to FP7. In first two years of Horizon 2020, number of participation to MSCA projects reached more than half of participation of MSCA participations in FP7.
In order to improve number of international participation in Horizon 2020, corrective actions have been made, such as increasing the number of WP topics that are specifically relevant for internal cooperation, assisting industrialized countries and emerging economies in setting up mechanisms to fund the participation of their resesarch in Horizon 2020 actions and refining communication strategy to ensure global awareness of EU's strength and of the international openness of Horizon 2020.
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