Impact assessment during the reporting phase

Impact assessment plays a crucial role in evaluating the outcomes and scientific, economic, and societal impact of your Horizon Europe project. In this article, we will delve into the significance of impact assessment during the reporting phase of the project.

Understanding Impact Assessment

Impact assessment aims to measure the effects and consequences of a project on various stakeholders and society as a whole. During the reporting phase in a Horizon Europe project, you will be asked for an evaluation of the achieved impact. Specifically, you will have to assess your impact in relation to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), citizen and end-user engagement, and your progress towards scientific, economic and societal impact.

Impact Assessment Section in the Funding & Tender Portal

The impact assessment is one of the sections in the EC’s reporting platform, SyGMa. It consists of the following elements:

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) You will have to indicate the TRL at project start, the current status and expected level by project end.
Sustainable development goals You will have to indicate for a list of Sustainable Development Goals whether your project can deliver results relevant to each goal.  In addition, you will have to provide short explanations for your choices.
Citizen Engagement Citizen Engagement is assessed via two main questions:

  1. How have citizens and end-user entities contributed to the co-creation of the R&I content so far?
  2. What mechanisms for citizen and/or end-user entity engagement have you set up and plan to maintain beyond the end of your project, or are planning to set up and maintain beyond the end of your project?
Impact Continuation The Impact Continuation is assessed by providing verbal descriptions of your progress towards 1. scientific, 2. economic and 3. societal impact.

For the final report, the continuity of the exploitation of the results will be assessed by answering if further employment, investment, new companies or follow-up activities are to be expected.


The insights gained from impact assessments in the reporting phase can contribute to the development of objectives of the future programmes and their foreseen structure. Policymakers can utilize the project’s outcomes and impact data to improve the implementation of the current programme and shape future research and innovation agendas.

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