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The key factors for impact in strategic research and innovation funding in a view of widening actions

Date: 10-11 October 2017

In the context of tighter budgets and more public attention to the effectiveness of public funding and EU-funded research, there is a need to demonstrate the performance, impact and added value of EU programmes.

While the focus of evaluation under past EU Framework Programmes for research has primarily been on analysing participant characteristics, R&D inputs and EU-funded project outputs, the emphasis under Horizon 2020 is to assess its impact on Europe’s scientific and technological performance and research capacity and more widely on the European economy and society.

At the same time, impact has become one of the key evaluation criteria in European research proposals and there has been a shift towards the use of indicators that aim to capture results and impacts.  Researchers have difficulty in understanding the concept of ‘Impact’ and in explaining the potential impact of their proposals. Assessing the impact of Horizon 2020 on growth and jobs through indicators at project and programme level, including in terms of its efficiency and quality, is a challenge. Reliable indicators of results and impacts are limited, the importance of individual indicators varies by discipline and sector, and there can be a considerable time lag between inputs and outputs.

But widening projects should report achievements beyond those defined by KPIs, for example, delivering world leading results and moving towards innovation outcomes in the long term. They are expected to demonstrate their future effectiveness in delivering excellent science and in supporting innovation; they are also expected to contribute to the European 2020 goals of delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The workshop has several goals. The workshop will provide an overview of first impacts on strategic research and innovation funding focusing on H2020, ERA Instruments as well as ESIF and IPA based on case studies. In one way we will discuss the importance of impact and innovation in SEWP  proposals and projects, and we will provide participants with insights into best practices to maximize the impact of widening actions. On the other hand, the workshop aims at laying the foundation for the impact assessing, to show the most common planning mistakes and give some practical tips in order to have the best possible results from a Widening  project. Finally, successful widening projects will report their achievements. Moreover, the current and future role of NCPs in shaping the strategic research and innovation funding will be analyzed and shall result in a set of recommendations presented during the process of the formulating the future FP.

The workshop is targeted at NCP Coordinators and NCP’s for the specific objective “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” (SEWP) and other NCP’s across Horizon 2020 programme lines dealing with the challenge of closing the innovation divide or widening participation in Horizon 2020, respectively.
The invitation is targeted at SEWP NCP’s and NCP coordinators through the NCP Academy.

Due to limited capacity, priority access will be granted to: 1) SEWP NCP’s and NCP Coordinators, 2) other NCP’s with a balanced spread across different programme parts relevant to SEWP on a first-come-first-served basis.

The workshops will run at 10-11 October 2017 due to Agenda: NCP_WIDE.NET_tallin Agenda_6th_October_2

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