The Guild makes recommendations on research and education priorities to ITRE
In an Open Letter to the European Parliament's ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy) Committee, The Guild of European Research-intensive Universities makes recommendations on European research and education policies. In the letter published on 19 September 2019, the association points out that knowledge produced through scientific research is a precondition for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackling challenges such as climate change and food security, whilst enabling citizens to live healthy lives in inclusive and peaceful societies.
As the EU plays a unique role in fostering transnational collaboration in research and innovation (R&I) on a large scale, the association calls for securing "robust funding" for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe and calls on ITRE members to help "defending Horizon 2020 from budget cuts and convincing European leaders to invest further in research and innovation, both at European and national levels". The Guild also asks for "research" to be added to the name of the portfolio of the new Commissioner for Innovation and Youth, as already also requested by EP President Sassoli.
The Guild universities call on ITRE to:
- defend an ambitious budget for Horizon Europe of at least €120bn and continue fostering excellence-based collaboration in R&I;
- ensure a balance in investments for fundamental research and innovation;
- introduce new structures for scientists and experts to take part in the development of R&I policy and advice on the implementation of Horizon Europe;
- provide support for incremental innovation as well as breakthrough innovation through the European Innovation Council, as both are needed to improve the quality of life of citizens;
- be ambitious about international collaboration and reach close association with the UK and Switzerland to enable a full collaboration within ERA and the European Education Area.