On 14 July 2020, 15 European university associations, representing more than 800 universities, called on European leaders to step up investment in research and innovation. The investment should be ensured through the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU.
European universities welcome the EU’s approach to embark on a sustainable recovery path, supported by an ambitious and unprecedented effort to become a frontrunner in addressing the green and digital transitions. They recall that research and innovation are key building blocks to facilitate the necessary progress of the EU towards sustainability and resilience.
The statement expresses disappointment and concerns over the limited budget proposed for the EU’s flagship programme Horizon Europe. The main concerns as the consequences of a lack of EU financial contributions are the following:
Europe’s universities also take the opportunity to make six recommendations calling on EU leaders to step up investment in research and innovation (R&I) and to:
The more than 800 European universities that are represented by these 15 associations emphasize that Europe will contribute best to the common recovery and societal resilience if there are more synergies across research, innovation and education policies and funding programmes, and coordinated efforts between funders at European, national and regional levels.