The Guild publishes position on FP9
In its position paper on the next Framework Programme, the Guild, a network of universities, calls for a significant budget increase for research and innovation (R&I), to reflect the importance of new knowledge in shaping Europe’s future. “Not only do we need to maintain a focus on the creation of growth and jobs in Europe – we also need research and innovation to address the fundamental concerns of Europeans about their welfare, security, and the transformation of their communities,” Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General of the Guild said.
Given the growing significance of research and innovation, the Guild calls for the next R&I budget to be raised to €130bn. This should include an increase in the budget for frontier-led research funded by the European Research Council (ERC) to €4bn per year, in line with the calls made by the Scientific Council of the ERC. The Guild calls for doubling the funding for Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), to support the next generation of outstanding researchers across Europe. It also calls for the establishment of ‘returning grants’ for scientists who continue their research work at their home institutions after pursuing their careers abroad. The purpose is to maximise the openness of national research systems to internationally outstanding scientists and to prevent brain drain. In its call to strengthen European science and innovation, the Guild stresses that investment must be based on the core added value of EU funding: excellence and collaboration. FP9 should reduce the gap in research and innovation between higher and lower performing European regions. To complement national efforts (at least 3% of GDP spent on research & innovation; strengthened autonomy of universities; maximised openness to international cooperation), the problem should also be addressed by optimising the EU instruments – so that some of EU countries can further embed scientific excellence.
The Guild is a network of 19 universities in 14 European countries, including the University of Vienna. The network was founded to enhance the voice of academic institutions, their researchers and their students, nationally and in Europe.
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