EU Research & Innovation Programmes

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 ScienceSmart 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.


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