Building synergies between education, research and innovation across disciplines is crucial to tackling the major challenges our societies face. As the European Union projects ambitious policy goals, such as the Green Deal or mastering the digital transformation, synergies and complementarities between different funding instruments are becoming increasingly important.
Universities are uniquely positioned in this regard as they integrate education, research and innovation into their core missions. The sector’s experience shows that by linking and combining them, we can increase quality amongst them all. The European Universities Initiative has brought new momentum to the synergies debate, as strengthening links between education and research is among its key objectives.
This EUA policy input is contribution to this debate and focuses on possible synergies and complementarities between the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Erasmus+, European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and funding programmes at the national level.