24 Apr 2023 Updates

Results of the public consultation on the future of EU Research and Innovation programmes are now public

The publication contains valuable insights into the priorities and concerns submitted by citizens and stakeholders during the recently concluded public consultation on EU R&I programmes.

The public online consultation on the past, present, and future of the European Research and Innovation Framework programmes 2014-2027 invited stakeholders and individuals to share their views on the performance of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe as well as contribute towards shaping the orientations of the next Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025 – 2027. The consultation concluded on 23 February 2023 after having been open for 12 weeks. Today, the results of the consultation’s section collecting responses on the orientations for the next Strategic Plan were published.

A total of 2,788 responses and 265 position papers were submitted. Of these, 2,558 responses and 108 position papers responded to the section on the orientation for the strategic plan, detailing the priorities and concerns of stakeholders for the future of EU R&I funding.

Respondents indicated that the most important societal challenges are ‘climate change’, ‘energy supply’, ‘loss of biodiversity’ and ‘strained healthcare systems and ageing European population’ over the next 10 years.

On the structure of the Strategic Plan, some respondents indicated that the current structure is complex and called for simplifications. Others indicated that the plan is difficult to understand and that the document could be made more accessible.

These insights from the public online consultation provide valuable input and will feed into the ongoing strategic planning process for the next Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025–2027 and the preparations of the next Framework Programme for R&I. A summary of the results will also be included in the Strategic Plan analysis document, to be published in May.

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To learn more about the results, you can read the complete report: