EUA calls for stronger links between research, innovation and education in new programme period
On 2 May 2018, as the European Commission presented the proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027), including the next EU Research Framework Programme (FP) budget, the European University Association (EUA) emphasised the issues it considers important in the context of the next FP. In line with other associations representing the scientific community, EUA also called for more funding for the successor programme of Horizon 2020. According to EUA, the next FP needs an efficient and simple design, and it needs to strengthen links between research, innovation and education.
EUA gives a few examples of how this strenghtening of links could be achieved, e.g. by encouraging researchers to further share their project expertise and experience with students through teaching and training activities. This could be done through special EU grant agreements allowing researchers, for example, funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the European Research Council (ERC), to engage in teaching and to include these activities in their time sheets. Another example would be to allow doctoral candidates funded under the programme to have a time extension which they could use either to complete their research project or to create links with industry and business – and to better exploit their research results. EUA also emphasises the importance of intensifying multidisciplinarity in the next FP, stressing the need to embed expertise in social sciences and humanities, as well as the arts, in projects addressing energy, climate change, poverty, ageing societies, migration and extremism.
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