Final assessment of the research PPPs in the European Economic Recovery Plan
Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings, European Green Cars initiative
This report outlines the results of the Final Assessment of the four years of implementation of the three research Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) established under the European Economic Recovery Plan: Factories of the Future (FoF), Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) and Green Cars (GC). Launched in November 2008, the PPPs were originally envisaged as a quick response to the financial crisis, but a better understanding of the need for a long-term perspective for the support to research and innovation in these strategic sectors has led to a call from industry for a renewed commitment to these... partnerships. Although it is still somewhat early to be definitive about the magnitude of the impact of these initiatives, since so far only a few PPP projects have been completed, evidence suggests that the activities pursued under the three research PPPs are more directly relevant to exploitation and post-project commercialisation of results than in the case of standard FP7 cooperation projects. The review also found a significantly higher industrial participation by both large companies and SMEs than with standard FP7 programmes – one of the reasons being that the research PPPs activities are underpinned by industry-driven multi-annual roadmaps. Overall, this assessment is very supportive of the research PPP tool and suggests that the research PPP model should be further used, developed and expanded in scope within Horizon 2020.