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.
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Addressing Europe’s key challenges and ensuring sustainable development requires the EU to have a well-functioning budget and to revisit its investment priorities. Cooperation in research and education is a key facilitator in achieving these goals and should therefore be a top investment priority for the Union in the future. The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP), the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Erasmus+ (E+) are important tools in channelling such investment, make it available to beneficiaries and provide a framework for cooperation.
As the European Union prepares the next generation of EU funding programmes for the post-2020 period, budget discussions are increasingly geared towards performance, European added value, trust and efficiency. Simplification is a cornerstone in the debate as it is seen as a way to achieve these goals, lower entry barriers to programmes (thus improving participation throughout Europe), and overall to maximise the impact of EU funds.
The year 2018 has been particularly intense for the European research and innovation community. Since the release of the Commission proposal establishing the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Horizon Europe, several milestones have been reached in the legislative procedure...view more
EUA welcomes the positions on Horizon Europe adopted by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. The proposal for Horizon Europe, the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2017), was first presented by the European Commission in June 2018. The...view more
EUA joined more than a dozen other European associations representing universities to stress that the next Framework Programme for Research & Innovation, Horizon Europe, must deliver on its aim to bring scientific, economic and social impact, as well as strengthen the scientific and...view more
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The road towards Horizon Europe reached a new milestone in September with discussions in the European Parliament on possible amendments to the Commission’s proposals (see the series of amendments put forward by EUA and 12 other university associations). As the Committee for...view more
EUA and 12 other university associations presented a series of amendments to the draft proposal of the European Commission, published on 7 June 2018, establishing the Ninth Framework Programme - Horizon Europe. In addition to the amendments submitted jointly, EUA has put forward further...view more
Dear President Tusk, As university leaders, every day we witness the positive impact of European support on research, innovation and education. It is first and foremost an investment in people – in particular, Europe’s youth. This is a fundamental requirement if we are to turn the...view more
EUA and more than a dozen other university associations have united to issue a common response to the European Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe. The 14 signatory associations discussed the Commission’s proposal and outlined the most crucial elements that need to be ironed...view more
EUA and more than a dozen other university associations have united to issue a common...read more
The European University Association (EUA) welcomes the European Commission’s...read more
In the run-up to the Commission proposal for Horizon Europe’s rules for participation, universities call for effective simplification of EU funding management. Simpler rules for participation have the potential to increase the added value and improve the efficiency and impact of EU funding. For...view more
In 2016, EUA launched the EUA Member Consultation on the Horizon 2020 Mid-Term Review,...read more
As the European Commission prepares to launch its proposal for “Horizon Europe”, the next...read more
The European University Association (EUA) appreciates the European Commission’s proposal for the 2021-2027 EU budget and welcomes its willingness to step up investment in forwardlooking policies including research and education. EUA appreciates the Commission’s efforts to align political...view more
The European University Association (EUA) appreciates the European Commission’s proposal for the...read more
Universities and national rectors’ conferences join their voices to argue for a renewed funding commitment to research and education at the European level. Across Europe, many universities and university associations are addressing policy makers and society at large about the need to match...view more
This EUA response to the call for feedback on the report by Professor Mariana...read more
On 21 March 2018, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published the briefing paper “A contribution to simplification of EU research beyond Horizon 2020”. EUA welcomes the initiative and is pleased to see its own recommendations for achieving an effective simplification of the rules for...view more
In line with the campaign “EU funding for universities”, which gathers support from the...read more
At its meeting on 28 February 2018, the EUA Research Policy Working Group (RPWG), chaired by EUA Vice-President Professor Martine Rahier, the Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester and member of the Commissioner’s High-Level Expert Group “Research,...view more
The European University Association (EUA) welcomes the willingness of EU Member States to significantly increase the budget for the future Erasmus+ programme after 2020. This broad support for a strong future programme is the main outcome of the Education Council meeting on 15 February...view more
EU institutions and Member States gauge respective positions ahead of negotiations. The 2018 financial discussions were kickstarted by the European Commission at the high-level conference held on 8-9 January entitled “Shaping our future – Designing the next multiannual financial framework”, via...view more
In late 2017, as the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 draws to a close and the debate on the next Framework Programme (FP9) is in full swing, EUA further defines its vision developed the previous year by providing a reflection on each thematic area and putting forward specific recommendations...read more
On 24 October the work programme of the European Commission for 2018 was adopted. It contains a restricted, yet ambitious set of priorities for the year to come. Europe’s universities benefit from the strong, multi-lateral framework that the European Union provides for their...read more
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Lidia Borrell-Damián from the European University Association argues the European Commission’s...read more
The European Commission’s proposal for the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation...read more
The proposal for the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, also known as Horizon...read more
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Europe needs more ambitious research funding, or risks losing precious knowledge, writes Rolf...read more
In the top 50 performing participants in Horizon 2020, 4.2 billion euros went to 37 universities,...read more
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Horizon 2020 plays a significant part in developing the research and innovation capacity of the...read more
For the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), participation in Horizon 2020 is a...read more