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EUA unveils its agenda for FP9 at the European Parliament event

09 November 2017

On 9 November 2017, EUA convened an event at the European Parliament entitled “Excellence in research, innovation and education: The universities’ recommendations for an efficient and ambitious FP9”, with the aim to discuss how to ensure excellence in research, innovation and education in the next Framework Programme (FP9). The event brought together research and education stakeholders from across Europe, reconfirming the importance of the agenda put forward by EUA.

FP9 European parliament Event #H2020impactHosted by MEP Christian Ehler, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, the event served as a platform to launch recommendations of universities for FP9, based on a stronger knowledge triangle. On behalf of Europe’s universities, EUA Vice-President Martine Rahier called for a Framework Programme capable of strongly supporting both research and innovation and enabling the return on investment for society at large. In their presentations, Professor Marcin Pałys, Rector of the University of Warsaw, Anke Zerm, Head of the Research Department of Leuphana University, and Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice-President for Research of NUI Galway, shared their reflections on how FP9 could effectively bridge the participation gap and ensure that all excellent actors in research, innovation and education can tap into European R&I funds for the larger benefit for economy and society. MEP Christian Ehler urged the sector “to speak up” and take a proactive stance in the funding debate at both European and national level.  

The discussions in the Parliament echo EUA’s campaign for “EU funding for universities”, calling for sufficient, sustainable and simple investment in research and innovation through the strategic re-allocation of funds within the Multiannual Financial Framework, as well as the simplification of funding modalities and rules for participation in FP9. This campaign is a vehicle for universities to jointly explore and promote the new avenues leading to a simpler and more effective participation in FP9.

As part of its campaign, EUA has recently engaged in a dialogue with its members, on the one hand, and the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors, on the other hand, focusing on how to make a broader acceptance of national and institutional accounting and management practices a reality for FP9. Earlier in October, EUA held an expert meeting on this topic in its premises in Brussels, bringing together the three parties. EUA also made concrete proposals to the European Commission regarding the simplification of the funding model and the acceptance of beneficiaries’ accounting practices at the Stakeholders workshop on ideas for further simplification of the implementation of the R&I Framework Programmes held on 20 October. 

EUA’s expertise and advocacy in the field builds on the contributions of its members (you can participate in our campaign for an ambitious European Framework Research and Innovation Programme and in our opinion poll on the impact of new simplification measures introduced for Horizon 2020) and will feed into the upcoming Commission consultation on FP9.

Pictures and quotes from the event can be found on Twitter #H2020impact 

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