LERU and other associations lay down their priorities for next FP
LERU, the League of European Research Universities, has published a list of important issues for the EU's next Research Framework Programme to become a success. The list has been put together by LERU together with the Coimbra Group, the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH), the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA), the European University Association (EUA), the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, and the Leiden Group.
Highlighting the importance of the EU's research framework programmes in general, the associations call for the upcoming ninth Framework Programme to build on the success of previous programmes, and to "enhance Europe's role as a research power house", by observing the following:
- maintaining "Excellence" as the most important selection criterion across all of H2020 and into FP9;
- enhancing the trustworthiness and transparency of the evaluation process;
- implementing mechanisms to address the low success rates which are raising participation costs and reducing the attractiveness of the programme;
- addressing today’s global challenges which need the involvement of a wide variety of disciplines, including those that investigate humans, their culture, history, values and behaviour and which must also be reflected in research agendas;
- substantially increasing the funding allocation to both the ERC and MSCA programmes;
- incentivising participation of all countries in the European Research Area (ERA) without compromising excellence in any way;
- investing in frontier-led and collaborative, cross-border research, and maximising its impact on the citizens’ social, economic and cultural well-being across all areas of H2020 and FP9;
- developing a more sophisticated and nuanced definition of ‘impact’ and an enriched and broadened definition of ‘innovation’. Applying the definitions consistently and appropriately, reflecting the differences between project types and durations;
- further supporting open science ensuring benefits for society;
- continuing the process of simplification to reduce administrative barriers for all participants.
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