As the European Commission undertakes its mid-term review of the current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and prepares discussions on its post-2020 successor, EUA invited its members to share their views and experiences with Horizon 2020.
The findings represent the voices of more than 150 universities from 28 countries across Europe and contain further reflections from EUA’s ongoing work on the Ninth Framework Programme, the European Innovation Council and the Public Funding Observatory.
European universities are key beneficiaries of the Framework Programme and staunch supporters of Horizon 2020, which is seen as highly successful. Indeed, EU-level funding for research and innovation based on grants and open competitive calls creates unparalleled added value and is paramount to retaining scientific talent and boosting Europe’s global competitiveness. Nevertheless, the EUA member consultation revealed that Horizon 2020 is endangered by critically low success rates due to insufficient funding at the EU and national levels.