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07 Nov 2016

EUA adopts vision for next EU Framework Programme

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.

The paper underlines the capacity of universities to stimulate and foster a culture of innovation through the creation of new knowledge sustains the entire gamut of innovation and its benefits for society. EUA acklowledges the major contribution of previous and the current EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation to building critical mass, addressing discrepancies in Europe, and boosting cutting-edge research and innovation. However, the widening divide amongst European countries in this area is addressed in the vision paper and thus more concerted efforts and investment at the EU level would be needed to increase Europe’s overall competitiveness.

 Against this background, EUA’s vision highlights three main priorities in designing the FP9:
• Provide long-term policies and funding instruments for research
• Reinforce collaboration and minimise discrepancies across the EU
• Seek a stronger alignment of policies for education, research and innovation

To read the “EUA vision for the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9)”, please click here.


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