Oxford Research has been commissioned by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (DG RTD) to perform an interim review of the Common Support Centre.

The € 80 billion Horizon 2020 programme is the biggest research programme of its kind in the world, supporting the EU’s position as a leader in science, innovation and dealing with societal challenges. In order to avoid inconsistencies in the management of the programme, and to make processes and procedures as simple as possible for beneficiaries, in 2014 the European Commission set up the Common Support Centre. The Common Support Centre provides an array of common services related to legal affairs, audit, business processes, IT tools, information and data.

Oxford Research has been commissioned by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (DG RTD) to perform an interim review of the Common Support Centre. The purpose of the evaluation is to take stock of performance so far, measure the financial benefits achieved and make recommendations for improvement in the post-2020 funding period.

The review makes up our fourth recent assignment for the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (DG RTD), reflecting the weight Oxford Research gives this important policy area.