The Guild affirms key priorities for negotiations on Horizon Europe
On 5 November 2018, the Guild of European Research-intensive Universities presented key priorities that should be addressed as part of the ongoing legislative work leading to the establishment of Horizon Europe to decision-makers at the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission. Guild universities welcome a better balance between research and innovation and the goal to cover all technology readiness levels (TRLs) in the next Framework Programme. According to the paper, Horizon Europe should first and foremost focus on supporting the best talent in research and innovation, and achieve added value through collaboration between the actors that present the most cutting-edge ideas in their project proposals. A strong and structured role for leading scientists to feed into the Strategic Programming process should be established, and scientific advice has to have a sustained role in the process through renewed Advisory Groups of high-level experts, the Guild underlines.
In terms of cooperation with non EU-countries the network calls for strengthening the European Research Area by building Horizon Europe on strong association agreements. To maintain the programme’s scientific leadership on a global scale, Horizon Europe’s ability to attract international talent and support projects with a global outreach should be secured, the statement finds.
The Guild paper can be downloaded here.