Showcase your Horizon 2020 experience and join EUA campaign for an ambitious European Framework Research & Innovation programme
With the start of the new academic year, EUA calls on universities to contribute
to its campaign for an ambitious framework research programme to cover the period 2021-27, allowing to strengthen EUA’s position as a major stakeholder in these discussions. EUA remains fully committed to achieve optimal conditions for universities to participate in the next EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (FP9). In the first half of the year, the Association exploited the outcomes of its 2016 membership consultation to promote a more effective and efficient programme in the post-2020 period.
EUA is pleased to see that many of its arguments have been taken on board by the Brussels policy-makers and welcomes a growing recognition of the underfunding challenge by the European Commission and initial indications that FP9 will aim at contributing to enhance the link between research, innovation and education. However, much remains to be done to convince national governments to match financially the EU’s ambitions for research. In the summer, the EU Council proposed a significantly smaller increase to the Horizon 2020 budget for 2018 than was set out in the Commission’s draft budget for next year. These developments create further concern about sufficient future funding for FP9 and point to the need for a stronger communication of universities’ contributions to society through their participation in the EU Framework Programme.
In seeking to support its core messages with the concrete examples of universities’ engagement, EUA invites its members to contribute to its new collection of cases on “Universities for FP9”. The collection will help EUA to share the stories of the sector with EU and national decision-makers, inspired by good practices and lessons learnt. It will support EUA advocacy activities promoting sound research policies, sustainable and simple funding instruments and effective regulations.
The call for contributions is available on the EUA website and the first collection round will end on 2 October 2017. Other rounds will be announced throughout the campaign in 2018 and 2019.