European Academies propose amendments to Horizon Europe proposal
Following the European Commission's proposal for Horizon Europe, the next Research Framework Programme, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) has submitted suggestions for amendments to the European Parliament (EP). ALLEA welcomes the main direction of the proposal but voices some concerns about the specific wording of the proposal.
The association fears that the Regulation does not sufficiently support the inclusion of all disciplines, especially the social sciences and humanities (SSH). It calls for substantial investments in transdisciplinary research regarding societal challenges. ALLEA sees the necessity for a greater focus on basic research as a precondition for innovation.
ALLEA also calls for a "clear and inclusive" definition of the concept of ‘associated countries’, as it finds it is not clear enough on whether third countries (e.g. Switzerland) will have opportunities to participate in the same way that they have been able to in Horizon 2020. In this context, ALLEA states that it strongly believes in the openness of science and supports the idea of an integrated European Research Area that is open to global research collaboration.
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