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30 Aug 2016

LERU calls for more balanced distribution of TRLs in Horizon 2020

In a note, published on 29 August 2016, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) argues for more room for bottom-up, collaborative research in the Horizon 2020 work programmes, especially in pillars II (Industrial Leadership) and III (Societal Challenges). LERU proposes to implement a more balanced distribution of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) in the various calls of the 2018-19 work programme. particularly in the (II) and the (III) pillars.

Based on an analysis of the 2014-15 and 2016-17 calls, LERU states that particularly in pillar III, but also in pillar II, are disproportionally tend towards projects at the higher TRLs (five and above, on a scale from one to nine). “This”, says main author Prof. Peter Lievens (KU Leuven), “compromises opportunities to pursue the most innovative, collaborative discovery research. It can skew scientific projects towards short-term applications and can lead to risk-averse approaches to economic and societal impact”.

LERU Note

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