The study analyses industry’s participation patterns to FP6 and FP7 and the impact of this participation on innovation and job creation. 

Open Evidence is conducting together with Ernst & Young the study “An analysis of the role and impact of industry participation in the Framework Programmes”. This study is carried out on behalf of the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) and forms part of the overall ex-post evaluation of FP7. The objective of the study is to analyse industry participation in FP6 and FP7. On the one hand, it studies participation patterns by looking at the motivations and barriers for participation, and at the differences that exist between SME and large enterprises, innovative and non-innovative firms and among thematic areas. On the other hand, it analyses the impact of this participation on innovation and job creation.

The study analyses both quantitative and qualitative data. Data is collected from firms’ datasets and from interviews and case studies conducted on a representative sample of companies. A counterfactual evaluation will be performed in order to determine if funded firms have created more jobs as a result of the participation in the programme. Afterwards, a macro level extrapolation will be carried out. It is sought to provide policy recommendations that can help to improve the performance of Framework Programmes and their impact on industry innovation and job creation.There will be a validation workshop with stakeholders to have feedback on the findings of the analysis and recommendations. This feedback will be used to formulate the final policy recommendations.