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    EUA has developed its initial vision on the design of the Ninth EU Framework Programme (FP9). Adopted by the EUA Council on 28 October 2016, the vision paper provides an early perspective on the main challenges ahead and outlines key areas, from the point of view of Europe’s universities, to be considered by the European Commission when planning the FP9.

    Horizon 2020 plays a significant part in developing the research and innovation capacity of the European community, as well as of the individual member states. We have already witnessed the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7) effectively boost excellent science, strengthening Europe's industrial competitiveness, contributing to job creation and growth and addressing societal challenges. At the University of Copenhagen and Universities Denmark, we expect the same from Horizon 2020 and the 9th Framework Programme (FP9).

    The current state of the European Union demands new political thinking and action – not just “business as usual”. Europe faces a series of interlinked economic, political, societal and cultural challenges that might even result in the disintegration of the European Union. In the field of university policy, Europe has obviously not benefitted from separating research and innovation on the one hand and education, training and culture on the other.

    For the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), participation in Horizon 2020 is a number one priority. The framework programme gives us the opportunity to collaborate with excellent research and innovation actors in Europe and beyond in cross-sectoral teams. Participation benchmarks our research and innovation activities both in terms of quality and relevance. It gives us the opportunity to contribute to research-based solutions to the challenges that Europe and the international community face, be it in energy, environment or in health.

    In the top 50 performing participants in Horizon 2020, 4.2 billion euros went to 37 universities, 11 research agencies and two research institutes. These are all from 12 countries in Europe: the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Scotland, Switzerland, Finland and Greece. This is according to research by the Bialystok University of Technology on the top 50 Horizon 2020 participants after 274 calls.

    The preliminary programme for the EUA Annual Conference is now available. Under the title, “Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities,” the Annual Conference will take place at the University of Bergen in Norway on 6 and 7 April 2017.

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