ALLEA calls for Excellence, Fairness and Openness in the Implementation of Horizon Europe
On 10 October 2019, ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, published its statement "Delivering Horizon Europe”. The paper was produced as an input to the Commission's consultations on Horizon Europe. In order to achieve better conditions for research and innovation in the EU in the coming decades, and to position European research successfully in a competitive global environment, ALLEA reiterates its priorities and provides concrete suggestions for amendments to the programme:
- Focus on funding excellence and ‘blue sky thinking’ through successful instruments like the European Research Council (ERC);
- Continue and intensify support for research mobility through programmes like Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) or ERASMUS;
- Arrange for fair and equal distribution of funds on the different clusters of Pillar 2 “Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness” in Horizon Europe;
- Follow a broad understanding of innovation which goes beyond technological innovation and hence supports interdisciplinarity, and which recognises the value of humanities and social sciences in a less technocratic and instrumental way;
- Establish an independent, critical and continuous assessment of “Missions” in Horizon Europe;
- Continue “Institutional Partnerships” from Horizon 2020;
- Ensure Horizon Europe is ‘open to the world’ and allows for broad participation of Associated Countries.
The full paper can be downloaded here.