The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is the main EU funding instrument for research and innovation (R&I) and the topic is a major priority area for Science Europe.
Science Europe represents both Research Performing Organisations (RPOs), who are among the main beneficiaries of the Framework Programmes, and Research Funding Organisations (RFOs), who have decades of experience in setting up leading research programmes and who collaborate regularly with the European Commission notably through joint initiatives. Science Europe builds on the input from its Member Organisations and advocates for their common vision on how to make EU Framework Programmes a successful and efficient tool to boost research and innovation.
The current programme, Horizon 2020, has a budget of about €77bn for the period 2014-2020. It is based on several funding instruments which support projects across a large range of scientific disciplines, from the most exploratory stages of research to the commercialisation of innovative products or services.
The European Institutions are currently preparing Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for 2021-2027. European Commission released its proposal for the programme back in June 2018, and the European Parliament and the Council of the EU are now revising its content and negotiating on the key features of the future programme.
Science Europe is an active voice in the key policy dialogues for the Horizon Europe preparations and is actively collaborating with policy makers from the EU institutions to ensure that the input and experience of its RPOs and RFOs is integrated into the final proposal.
Science Europe firmly believes that Europe needs and deserves a research programme which:
Science Europe established a dedicated Working Group to support its role as a platform for strategic positioning and advocacy towards Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. The Working Group is composed of key experts from Science Europe Member Organisations representing both RFOs and RPOs.