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How you can boost Worldwide Research and and Innovation


The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) with its Paper on the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (FP9) underlines the importance of the FPs for our universities of science & technology and presents its advice on FP9. Our Members translate scientific research and technological and social development into innovative solutions for the benefit of society, educate and train future generations, transform the world and contribute to solving the challenges of tomorrow. Based on the intense collaboration with business, industry, public services and citizens, and on the strong culture of entrepreneurship within our Members, their activities encompass higher education, research and innovation. They thus bridge between academia, state, market and society. They bring open education, open science and open innovation into practice and are open to the world. On FP9, CESAER advises the European Union (EU) to:

  • demonstrate ambition, assume leadership and look beyond Europe to realise knowledge societies and contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals;
  • provide new momentum, dynamism and equity to the European Research Area (ERA) and deepen European integration in education, research and innovation;
  • commit to country-specific targets for investments into research and innovation also enacting more and better synergies between FP9 and other EU funding instruments;
  • structure FP9 along four parts, i.e. I) Excellent Science, II) Societal Challenges and III) Innovation Leadership underpinned by IV) a Proof of Concept (PoC) scheme;
  • widen participation and spread excellence through ring-fencing funding for research and innovation in the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF);
  • apply excellence as key criterion and refrain from geographical distribution of budgets;
  • fund research-based disruptive innovation and more collaborative bottom-up activities avoiding high Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs);
  • ensure one single set of simplified EU rules for participation to safeguard a level playing field and increase acceptance of usual accounting principles and institutional practices;
  • make FP9 simpler and more transparent bringing more opportunities for newcomers, less serving vested interests and allowing for more bottom-up research;
  • abandon Work Programmes (WPs) and allow researchers and their partners to upfront and jointly define the impact of their research and innovation projects in response to broad and mission-oriented bottom-up calls;
  • allocate at least €130 billion for civilian research and innovation for seven years and ensure that EU funding leverages more public and private under the EU rules for participation instead of covering R&D activities substituting own investments;
  •  introduce an ERA TOP-UP intervention scheme whereby the EU funds additional activities of excellent research and innovation projects selected and funded at national level;
  • merge all current (innovation) co-funding actions into one effective and coherent COFUND intervention scheme;
  • establish a new and uniform ethical, legal and financial framework for association to FP9 to any industrialised country allowing for the direct participation of institutions, scientists and innovators from such associated countries in FP9. 

For more information and enquiries, please contact our Secretary General David Bohmert at david.bohmert@cesaer.org.

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