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EUA takes campaign for university funding into 2017

12 January 2017

Last year marked the beginning of a series of reviews and revisions of EU funding instruments and regulations important to universities. In 2017, EUA will continue to actively follow and influence these developments through its “EU funding for universities” campaign, which is aimed at securing sufficient and sustainable public funding to support research and higher education.

EU_Funding_LogoUnder the umbrella of the Multiannual Financial Framework review, the EU is set to revise funding programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, as well as the EU Financial Regulation, and agree on the possible extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – all of which are important to universities. In advocating in 2017 for increased budgets for the programmes benefiting universities, EUA plans to continue reinforcing three core messages developed in 2016: sufficient funding, sustainability of funding conditions and simplification of funding schemes.

Last year, during the first phase of the campaign, EUA reached out to national and EU policy makers in various ways, including through expert policy briefs and analyses highlighting the position and interests of universities in matters such as the EU Financial Regulation and the implementation of EFSI. EUA also took part in a series of dedicated events, such as a workshop at the European Parliament and a special event on university funding organised jointly with the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU for the representatives of EU member states. At its third Funding Forum held in October 2016, EUA further brought these issues forward in the light of the trends revealed in the 2016 EUA Public Funding Observatory.

The outcomes of this phase informed the next steps for 2017, with a double focus:

  • enhancing the efficiency of Horizon 2020 as well as success rates, with the preparation of the future research Framework Programme in perspective;
  • developing a strategic approach to efficiency and sustainability of research funding at all levels (institutional, national and European).

EUA’s activities in this field in 2017 will be based on the results of its member consultation on Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, woven in with the current work on efficient university management in the framework of the USTREAM project and university autonomy with the upcoming updated EUA Autonomy Scorecard. EUA looks forward to collaborating with its members on these important issues in order to strengthen the voice of universities at a decisive time for EU policy making in research and higher education.

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96