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Investing in research and innovation is investing in a sustainable and inclusive future.

The EU’s aspirations to foster resilience and accelerate the green and digital transitions, as well as strengthen the European Research Area through research and innovation, have never been higher. The design and implementation of EU research and innovation programmes are crucial to deliver on those ambitions.


EUA is a recognised stakeholder in the development of EU framework programmes for research and innovation. The Association pays close attention to these strategic programmes, gathering feedback from university members across the continent, providing input to policy makers and campaigning for the recognition of its vision and recommendations.

Currently, EUA is formulating its vision for the next R&I framework programme (FP10), through a task and finish group. It is also monitoring and evaluating the implementation of Horizon Europe, in particular the work of the European Research Council, the European Innovation Council, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the implementation of missions and partnerships. It is also monitoring the programme in relation to impactful simplification, implementation of widening measures and synergies across EU funding programmes as well as alignment among funding organisations at both EU and national level. Finally, EUA monitors other EU programmes that support research and innovation, notably the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the Digital Europe programme and the European Regional Development Fund.

EUA participated in all major European-level dialogues as the Horizon Europe programme took shape. The Association provided detailed input on how to best design the programme structure and the rules for participation. Its recommendations paved the way for an excellent, open and inclusive Horizon Europe.

Read EUA’s input on an excellent, open and inclusive Horizon Europe

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, EUA called for adequate funding for the programme, to strengthen the strategic resilience of Europe, reinforce its knowledge base, support innovation ecosystems and address the challenge of underfunding. The Association also successfully campaigned for an acceptable internal balance within the Horizon Europe programme, preserving the importance of funding to fundamental research. More recently, EUA outlined a series of recommendations aiming to improve Horizon Europe and contribute to the design of the programme that will succeed it.

EUA’s work in this area was notably informed by the findings of a consultation of the Association’s members for the mid-term review of Horizon 2020, the resulting vision paper and campaign for “EU funding for universities” and simplification. In addition to the new task and finish group, the Association continues to contribute to this topic through its ongoing work on Open Science, Innovation Ecosystems and input from the EUA Research and Innovation Strategy Group.

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