The 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) evaluation will be carried out this year and the next to examine the rationale, implementation, and achievements of the programme which ran from 2007-2013.
This evaluation is a legal requirement for the European Commission and has to be wrapped up by the end of 2015. A group of up to eleven (11) independent experts will be selected from the Horizon 2020 database of experts and then appointed by the European Commission in due course, and the group is expected to take up their work in the autumn of 2014. Their task will be to examine the full period of FP7 implementation from 2007-2013, and to look at all projects which are completed in time for the exercise.
As well as looking at the programme as a whole, specific reports will be produced on each of the four Specific Programmes of FP7 – Co-operation, Capacities, Ideas and People. The Expert Group will not only focus on the general achievements and implementation, but also try to identify the European added value and the wider impacts of FP7, including longer term economic and societal impacts. The results of the evaluation will feed into both the implementation of Horizon 2020 and the development of future EU framework programmes post 2020.