EUA is a recognised stakeholder in the development of the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation. The Association participated in all major European-level dialogues as the Horizon 2020 programme took shape and is currently doing the same as the European institutions design its successor programme, Horizon Europe.
EUA has dedicated its attention widely to this very important topic, gathering feedback from university members across the continent, providing input to policy makers and campaigning for the recognition of its vision and recommendations. These include providing long-term policies and funding instruments for research, improving the rules of participation for universities, reinforcing collaboration and minimising discrepancies across the EU, as well as effectively aligning policies for education, research and innovation.
EUA has provided detailed input on how to best design the programme structure and the rules for participation for Horizon Europe and has called for a doubling of the current budget to €160 billion. This would strengthen Europe’s knowledge base, support its innovation ecosystems, address the challenge of underfunding, as well as provide adequate financial resources for the EU’s ambitious goals for the programme.
The Association is currently partnering with policy makers in the co-creation of the final blueprint for Horizon Europe. EUA has issued a detailed response to the European Commission’s proposal and it has joined more than a dozen other university associations in issuing a common statement that outlines the most crucial elements that need to be addressed in the negotiating process.
EUA’s work in this area is highly-informed by the findings of its member consultation for the mid-term review of Horizon 2020 and the resulting vision paper, its campaign for “EU funding for universities”, its ongoing work on Open Science, Smart Specialisation, in the area of energy and environment, and contributions by the EUA Research Policy Working Group. EUA conducts this work along side its efforts to provide policy makers with input on the design for the future Erasmus+ programme.
EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, during the European Research and Innovation Days in September 2020, stated that excellence and inclusiveness are two sides of the same coin in the new European Research Area (ERA). EUA welcomes the European Commission’s Communication “A new ERA for Research and Innovation” released on 30 September 2020 as a starting point to making this ambition a reality.
As European leaders work towards an agreement on the European Union’s next seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework, and the related Next Generation EU recovery plan to help the EU’s economy back on its feet, EUA and 14 partner university associations reiterate the urgent need to invest in research, innovation and education to achieve long-term, sustainable recovery and strategic resilience.
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