European Consortium of Innovative Universities presents vision on FP9
On 1 March 2018, the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) presented its vision on the future EU programme for Research and Innovation. According to ECIU, a substantial budget increase is necessary to cover the excellent ideas put forward and to enhance the impact of FP9. ECIU joins the existing calls for a substantial increase of the budget to at least 160 billion euros. In its paper the group supports Open Innovation being the underlying approach of FP9. ECIU welcomes the formation of a European Innovation Council and agrees with the High-Level Group of Innovators that the future EIC must focus on the innovator and high-risk inventions.
The group gives a cautious welcome to the exploration of a mission-driven approach in some areas of research. Well defined missions could liberate innovative thinking and encourage setting more ambitious goals that are essential for reaching breakthroughs. ECIU recognises the importance of collaboration with society, public institutions, industry and citizens. FP9 must take opportunities for co-creation and regional engagement forward by mobilising joint investment, including co-creation and citizen science in its framework and recognising the importance of science communication.
The European Consortium of Innovative Universities is a network of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact.