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German U15-Position on the future EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP10)

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News vom 20.06.2024

As an association of 15 large, research-intensive universities in Germany, German U15 see Europe’s Framework Programmes for research and innovation as key for economic prosperity, societal welfare and ecological sustainability. To step up Europe’s scientific leadership and technological sovereignty, the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP10) should have the scale, quality, and reach to ensure Europe’s pre-eminence in the global scientific arena. Europe's sovereignty will be determined by remaining competitive with the United States and China in research and innovation.

We emphasise that research - both fundamental and applied - drives innovation. Basic scientific inquiry provides the essential foundation upon which transformative technologies and solutions are built. In light of the enormous geopolitical, economic and ecological challenges we are currently facing, FP10 needs a robust budget of €200 billion upwards. Such an investment is necessary to catalyse Europe's scientific potential, drive technological advancements, and address pressing societal challenges. With adequate funding, FP10 can serve as a driving force for transformative change, empowering researchers to tackle global issues and to propel Europe towards a more sustainable, sovereign future.

European Framework Programmes should be dedicated to civilian purposes, only. We advocate for a ring-fenced budget for civil research, with certain (limited) flexibility for unforeseen circumstances. This approach ensures that FP10 remains responsive to evolving research priorities and emerging opportunities while upholding the integrity and purpose of the Framework Programme to advance knowledge, promote innovation, and address societal challenges.

German U15 firmly believes that the European Research Council (ERC) is a vital instrument for supporting frontier research and scientific excellence. The ERC's commitment to funding curiosity-driven projects empowers researchers to pursue ground-breaking ideas, thus driving innovation and pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Therefore, any future Framework Programme must strengthen and expand the ERC's role within the European Research Area.

As representatives of leading research-intensive universities, we collaborate with policymakers, industry stakeholders, and fellow members of the scientific community to shape the future of European research and innovation. Together, we can ensure that FP10 embodies Europe's commitment to scientific excellence, fosters innovation, and strengthens its position as a global leader in research and technology. In our view, the following recommendations are key to further develop the research Framework Programme.

German U15-Position on the future EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP10)

 

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