EUA calls for boosting research budget in next MFF
The European University Association (EUA) has issued a reaction to the European Commission’s proposal for the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). EUA joins other European associations and organisations in the field of RTI in welcoming the EC's proposed budget increase for research and education, but saying the EU still needs to be more ambitious and calling for a doubling of the current Framework Programme budget.
The proposed doubling of the Erasmus+ programme (€30 billion compared to about €15 billion for 2014-2020) is regarded as an absolute pre-condition to work towards the achievement of the EU’s new goals in the field, which require more European mobility and collaboration. Ambitions for the Research Framework Programme are also high, given that investment in research fuels competitive innovation, growth and jobs and therefore contributes to all key policy priorities of the European Union. Brexit and the UK's future participation in the Framework Programme also have to be considered.
EUA points out that at €100 billion, Horizon Europe will receive about 30% more than Horizon 2020, However, EUA regards the increase as not ambitious enough to meet the combined objectives of an improved average success rate, enhanced funding for innovation and resourcing large-scale “missions”, among others. All of these, says EUA, would require a fullscale doubling of the Horizon 2020 budget.