European co-operation in Research and Innovation (R&I) Framework Programmes (FPs) is one of the great successes of the European project. EU FPs for R&I are an obvious and major priority for Science Europe, especially at a time where the current FP, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), is undergoing its interim evaluation and preparations are already underway for its successor, Framework Programme 9 (FP9).
As a key European Research Area (ERA) stakeholder, Science Europe represents both public Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) – who are among the main beneficiaries of the FPs – and Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) – who have decades of experience in setting up world-leading research programmes. Science Europe Member Organisations share a common mission: to fund and perform excellent research in a world where scientific communities are not bound by national borders. They also share the responsibility of managing a substantial proportion of national public research investments in Europe.
Currently, Science Europe provides inputs and participates in key policy debates and consultations processes related to the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation and the preparation of FP9. Science Europe has a key role in representing the interest of research organisations in Brussels and in advocating common positions agreed by its 43 Member Organisations. As such, it is regularly invited by EU institutions and other relevant stakeholders to contribute to the policy debates on a broad range of topics.
Science Europe established a dedicated Working Group to support its role as a platform for strategic positioning and advocacy towards Horizon 2020 and future FPs. Like the other Science Europe Working Groups, it is composed of key experts from Science Europe Member Organisations representing both RFOs and RPOs.
Over the coming months, while maintaining a strong focus on the ongoing interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 and its last years of implementation, a new focus will be given to the preparation of FP9, including the preparation of the next Multiannual Financial Framework. The Working Group will provide Science Europe with the expertise needed to participate and give input to the policy debates and consultations.