Finnish Universities suggest improvements in H2020

​University of Oulu, along with other Finnish Universities, has submitted a position paper to the public stakeholder consultation feeding into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. Currently on-going interim evaluation will help the European Commission improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in the preparations of the next EU research and innovation programme.

Key messages the universities emphasise are:

  • The budget of Horizon 2020 and its successor must be secured
  • Excellence must be the most important criterion for awarding H2020 funding
  • Funding opportunities must exist for both collaborative and individual research
  • Continuation of grant‐based funding must be ensured
  • Collaborative projects must be funded on the whole scale of TRLs

Horizon 2020 draws both praise and criticism from the universities. Suggestions for improvement are targeted especially at evaluation and administration processes. In addition, the universities criticise the oversubscription. The low success rates pose a threat to the reputation and the quality of the programme; monetary risk involved in drafting proposals is high and the best researchers might decide to turn elsewhere for funding. The universities praise goes to European Commission’s efforts to develop and streamline Open Science practices as well as to support successful bottom-up initiatives such as ERC and MSCA.

Read the full statement: Statement of the Finnish Universities: Suggestions for improvement in H2020


Horizon 2020, the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020, with a budget of €77 billion is one of the largest research and innovation programmes worldwide. Universities play a major role in the programme: in Finland, the universities account for some 39% of the Horizon 2020 funding the country has received so far. At the moment, Univeristy of Oulu researchers participate in some 35 ongoing H2020 projects.


Last updated: 18.1.2017