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Horizon 2020 found lacking in societal and industrial impact


Initial assessment of EU R&D programme finds only ‘excellent science’ pillar is hitting its targets

The EU’s official auditors have found that the industry and society-focused parts of the 2014-20 EU R&D programme, Horizon 2020, are not on course to reach targets set for them.

The European Court of Auditors measured progress in all three ‘pillars’ of Horizon 2020—‘excellent science’, ‘industrial leadership’ and ‘societal challenges’—using European Commission targets and data, and published the results of its analysis on 9 November.

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