​​Max de Boer

Traineeship from 01 September 2016 to 28 February 2017

At the time of his entry, Max de Boer was a graduate student from FHNW School of Business in the Master of Science International Management programme. During his traineeship, he executed a case study research project on the design of the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9) - called 'Beyond Horizon 2020'. This research project will serve as the basis for his Master's Thesis.


Looking Beyond Horizon 2020

After three years of operation, Horizon 2020 is currently going through its interim evaluation phase. As written in the Horizon 2020 regulation, the European Commission (EC) must complete this interim evaluation by 2017. The EC is well on its way on fulfilling this obligation. On 20 October 2016, the EC launched the public stakeholders' consultation for the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. Science and Innovation (S&I) stakeholders were invited to give their feedback on the different aspects of the Horizon 2020 implementation until 15 January 2017. This feedback is not only essential for adjustments in for the remaining years of Horizon 2020 but already provides first tendencies for the design of the next Framework Programme (FP9). The end of Horizon 2020 seems far away. However, with the interim evaluation the preparations for FP9 have fully started.


With the FP9 public consultation expected to be opened in June 2017, even before the results of the interim evaluation are available, the timeline towards FP9 is very tight. In order to prepare the Swiss S&I stakeholder community appropriately for their input for the FP9 consultation, the purpose of this research is to analyse the S&I stakeholder contributions for the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation with the aim to support preparing the upcoming consultations of the Swiss S&I stakeholders for FP9. In total, 41 position papers from 39 S&I stakeholders, covering a broad geographical and cross-sectorial range were analysed. Additionally, a total of 17 semi-structured interviews with eleven Swiss and six Brussels S&I stakeholders were conducted and analysed to extend the views and enrich the findings from the position papers.


As a result, the findings of this research will be used to contribute to the design of FP9 in the most adequate way so that it best serves the interests of the Swiss S&I stakeholder community.


Keywords: European Union's framework programme for research and innovation, European research and innovation, Horizon 2020, FP9, research and innovation policy development.


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