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The EU Commission is currently preparing an interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany has published a position statement on this topic. The Alliance wishes to become involved in this process at an early stage.
Horizon 2020 was launched in 2014 with the aim of achieving the following political objectives: to consolidate scientific excellence, to tackle Europe’s major societal challenges, and to pro-mote economic growth. The results of the FP7 ex-post-evaluation show that the emphasis was clearly less on achieving thematic objectives than on quantitatively assessing publications, patents and return on in-vestment. The Horizon 2020 interim evaluation should instead focus on the issue of whether and how the programme contributes to implementing the aforementioned objectives.
Members of the Alliance include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the German Academic Exchange Service, the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the German Rectors’ Conference, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the Leibniz Association, and the Max Planck Society. The Leopoldina chairs the Alliance in 2016.