Synthesis report on performance and coverage assessment of existing CE R&I programs

This report's objective is to summarize the analyses CICERONE Task 1.4 partners have conducted on existing circular economy research and innovation funding programmes in EU.There are two major trajectories of the analyses: one builds on Deliverable D1.2 and further assesses the funding scope coverage of existing programmes in analogy with the development of the SRIA; the 2nd investigates the operational aspects of CE funding programmes and aims to understand what the key success factors may be.Based on a data validation step ensuring a correct interpretation and consolidation of inputs, the current CE funding programmes are mapped according to the type of activities they fund and per priority themes.The innovation stage and the addressed product life cycle phases are parameters used for detailing this distribution of current CE programmes.An understanding of the influence of programmes not focusing on specific priority themes and indications on current clustering tendencies are also included in this coverage analysis.In order to identify key success factors in the operations of a CE funding programme, including how a programme is defined, how projects are recruited and selected, how projects are monitored and evaluated and how the programme fosters collaboration, a case study approach based on interviews is used.Once representative case programmes are selected, interviews are conducted with the programme owner at the agenda-setting and executional levels, and with project beneficiary.Results of the coverage analysis allowed to show that some trends highlighted in D1.2 are subject to alteration when using a priority theme perspective.It also allowed to reflect the influence of funding programmes with no major focus on those trends and detect current priority themes clustering tendencies.The case studies showed that implementing collaboration requirements during the selection phase is key.While some case studies demonstrated that current CE funding programmes are already integrating CE-related indicators, developing, at programme level, quantitative CE indicators specific for several projects remains a challenge.Due to their long-term impacts, the performance of CE funding programmes is currently evaluated with difficulty.The learnings of this report can be shared with CICERONE stakeholders, in particular programme owners.They can also be used for identifying some gaps with future SRIA objectives and in the design of pilot joint programmes by T2.1 partners.