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This position paper reiterates the strategic importance of fostering a united and prosperous knowledge-based society in Europe, which needs to remain a high priority despite the uncertain political and economic context.

Despite its high-impact on society and economy, Horizon 2020 is significantly underfunded. Therefore EUA advocates for a quantitative and qualitative increase in EU research funding for the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9), and suggests to open a discussion on a possible ring-fencing or shift of funding from European structural and investment funds (ESIF) or other sources for a more ambitious and well-functioning research programme.

The position paper embodies the sector’s views on the topic shaped by the Horizon 2020 mid-term review, the EUA Vision for FP9 and consultations of EUA’s Research Policy Working Group and its Expert Group on Regional Strategies for Smart Specialisation.

Ambitious funding for excellent research in Europe post-2020

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