EUA and 14 other associations, along with a growing number of 200+ signatories, are calling for an ambitious European budget for research, education and innovation.
The call urges EU leaders to put put in place an ambitious Horizon Europe budget that would invest in excellent, cross-border R&I. This investment is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to build a prosperous future for European societies.
As the negotiations on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework come to a head, the signatories call on the EU Institutions and national policy makers to strengthen R&I investment at European level. They urge them to raise the budget of the next EU Programme for R&I (2021-2027), Horizon Europe, to at least €120 billion. Even though a greater amount would be needed to solve Europe’s grand challenges and to match the programme’s ambitions, this commitment would give the right signal to boost public and private R&I investment in Europe.
The joint effort must be reinforced to achieve the transformation that Europe needs, in order to build a prosperous, safe, inclusive and sustainable future for the next generations. EU leaders have recognised this necessity during the Sibiu Summit, committing to stay united and build a Union fit for the future with the means to match these ambitions.
The call is open to receive support by organisations at national and European levels. The more organisations and institutions that adhere to these principles, the more likely our leaders at EU-level and in national contexts will be in a strong position to promote a higher budget for R&I.
EUA highly encourages its members to sign the call and to further disseminate it in their community of contacts, along with other materials, to gather as many supporting organisations as possible to achieve an adequate budget for research, innovation, and education. Should your organisation be willing to publicly support the call, please fill out the online form. Your organisation’s name will be then added to a list of signatories.
This article was updated on 19 September 2019.