Slovenian expert group makes recommendations on FP9
The Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport issued a report on FP9 to contribute proactively to the preparation of the next Framework Programme and the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. The Ministry appointed an Expert Group tasked with formulating recommendations for the Slovenian position on the next Framework Programme.
The Expert Group structured the nine guiding principles and recommendations in three blocks. The first block constitutes recommendations on the Framework Programme, ERA governance and the process of priority-making, the second touches upon instruments of the Programme and the
third provides guidance on synergies.
Amongst other recommendations, the experts call for a reform of the governance including the comitology processes. The number of instruments should not increase and they should be reshaped in a way to mitigate the oversubscription, increase its effectiveness and avoid fragmentation of the programme. In terms of synergies, the report says that the combination of ESIF and next FP funds should not only be allowed but strongly promoted in all cases when the objectives and targets of the funds are aligned.
In addition, several European organisations and networks finalised their input to the nest FP and the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 recently. For example, Technopolis has drafted a paper intending to support the Commission in the continuous improvement of its FP evaluation practices, the Guild European Research-Intensive Universities published a position paper on FP9 and the Universities of Applied Sciences in Europe wrote a contribution to the interim evaluation. These documents can be found on the ERA Portal Austria FP9 Input Paper section .