The proposal for the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, also known as Horizon Europe, has been published by the European Commission. Universities and research centres across Europe are welcoming with excitement the budget increase dedicated to research and innovation, as compared with the current Horizon 2020 programme. Although this is undoubtedly an important milestone for European Science, a bitter feeling remains. Despite the increase, the proposal is far from the ambitious financial scenario that the European science community was expecting.
As the Rector of the University of Groningen, and an economist, I am often asked why universities receive so much public funding for academic research. What is the use for society? A simple first response is that academic research is one of the best possible investments. The proposal for the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, demonstrates the relevance of the question.
Cross-border doctoral education at The European Campus|
In the Upper Rhine region, the universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace and Strasbourg together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are breaking new ground in cross-border cooperation. The trinational university grouping “Eucor – The European Campus”, opens doctoral candidates to a research landscape that goes beyond the potential of a single university.