Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

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The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission, located in Brussels, and responsible for the European Union's research and innovation policy and coordination of research and innovation activities. Until her resign in May 2023, DG RTD was headed by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Director-General Marc Lemaître.


The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation defines and implements European Research and Innovation (R&I) policy with a view to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy and its key flagship initiative, the Innovation Union.[1]

To do so, DG RTD contributes to the European Semester by analysing national R&I policies, by assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and by formulating country specific recommendations where necessary. It monitors and contributes to the realisation of the Innovation Union flagship initiative and the completion of the European Research Area. It funds Research and Innovation through Framework Programmes (currently Horizon 2020) taking a strategic programming approach.

Long-term Objective (2020)[edit]

To make Europe a better place to live and work, by developing and implementing R&I policy to improve Europe's competitiveness, boost its growth, create jobs, and tackle the main current and future societal challenges.[2]


  • Commissioner: vacant
  • Director General: Marc Lemaître
  • Director Bioeconomy and Food System: Peter Wehrheim


To fulfil its mission, the Directorate General works closely with several other Commission departments (DGs) and executive agencies.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Directorate-General for Research & Innovation - Mission - Research & Innovation - European Commission". Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  2. ^ "What is Horizon 2020? - European Commission". Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  3. ^ "Related Commission departments (DGs) & agencies - Research & Innovation - European Commission". 2015-08-25. Retrieved 2016-01-06.