In February 2021, the starting signal was given for the accompanying evaluation of the funding measures (‘Funding Announcement for Applied Non-nuclear Research Funding’ and the guideline for ‘Funding of Energy Transition Real Laboratories’ of the Energy Transition Research Project) and the accompanying measures of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the 7th German Energy Research Programme.
With the Climate Protection Plan 2050 and the Climate Protection Program 2030, the German government has set ambitious targets for reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions and for the share of renewable energies. The 7th Energy Research Programme is assigned a key role in this by establishing a link between the long-term goals of the federal government and the time horizons of business technology research. In this way, government support for technology development and innovation is intended to make a significant contribution to accelerating the transformation, strengthening the industrial location and risk prevention for society as a whole.
Coordinated by the AIT Center for Innovation Systems and Policy, in cooperation with the Center for Energy, KMU Forschung Austria and Kerlen Evaluation, the accompanying evaluation will develop analyses, reflections and ongoing recommendations as a basis for controlling and continuously improving the programme (“programme learning”). Within the framework of the accompanying evaluation, the evaluation plans according to GBER will also be developed and coordinated with the European Commission.
A mixed-methods approach will be used to answer the evaluation questions, including 1) a portfolio analysis of the program, 2) interviews, 3) focus groups, 4) case studies, and 5) sentiment analysis and 6) surveys.
Project duration: 02/2021 – 01/2025
Project partner: Austrian Institute of Technology, Kerlen Evaluation Ltd.
Contact: Peter Kaufmann