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Showcase your Horizon 2020 experience and join EUA campaign for an ambitious European Framework Research & Innovation programme

07 September 2017

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 30 November 2017 (extended deadline). Other rounds will be announced throughout the campaign in 2018 and 2019.

As part of this campaign, EUA is also organising the high-profile event ‘Excellence in research, innovation and education: the universities’ recommendations for an efficient and ambitious FP9’ on 9 November. The meeting, hosted by MEP Christian Ehler at the European Parliament, will showcase the contribution of universities – the single largest group of participants in Horizon 2020 – to the solution of the grand technological and societal challenges, and bring university researchers and research managers face-to-face with EU decision-makers. The former will share their experiences with Horizon 2020, explaining the impact and added value of the university projects funded through the programme. Online registration will be open soon.

Join our campaign and showcase your institution’s experience with EU research funding!

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
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Tel: +41 22 552 02 96