09 Oct 2023
Science Europe statement calls for adequate budget for Horizon Europe in 2024
In a statement released on 6 October 2023, Science Europe stresses the importance of adequate funding for research and innovation at European level, in view of political talks ongoing over the budget of Horizon Europe for 2024.
As indicated in the Strategic Plan 2025-2027 analysis, Horizon Europe has so far been unable to fund 71% of the high-quality proposals it has received, due to budget shortages, Science Europe points out, indicating at the same time that the debate around decommitments has shown that budget allocated for R&I has been diverted for non-research purposes, putting at risk the long-term planning of ambitious R&I policies. In the current economic and geopolitical context, Europe must preserve policy areas and programmes that encourage the advancement of knowledge, Science Europe underlines, stressing in particular the importance of the European Research Council (ERC) in this context, and its contributions to the EU’s global competitiveness.
Science Europe therefore supports the European Parliament’s budget proposal for Horizon Europe and calls on the Council to reverse the budget cuts it proposed for the year 2024. In the current economic and geopolitical context, sustained support to fundamental research will allow for the development of proper evidence-based policymaking. The organisation sees the proposed reduction of €116 million to the Horizon Europe budget, as recently put forward by the Council, at odds with current political discourse over the need for a future-oriented, knowledge-based Europe. The European Parliament, on the other hand, is pushing for a budget that is €140 million higher than what the Commission has foreseen.
Science Europe is an organisation of major European research funding and research performing organisations.
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