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Interim evaluation Horizon 2020


Fifty-one leading doctoral-granting universities of science and technology from twenty-six European countries with a Statement report on our experiences with Horizon 2020 to contribute to its interim evaluation. We urge the European Union (EU) to draw on its historical and geopolitical responsibility to provide new momentum to maintain and strengthen the Europe of Knowledge. We need to reinforce our joint efforts to safeguard the necessary boundary conditions that promote sustainable peace and prosperity in Europe. Our key messages are:

  • Excellence must - without compromise - prevail as the key criterion for Horizon 2020, and its successors, and the European Research Council (ERC) deserves more funding.
  • We encourage the EU, its member states and the associated countries to prioritise funding into research and research-based innovation, in spite of - or rather because of - the current economic challenges in Europe. Continued investments in research and innovation create more synergies with other EU programmes and national funds and leverage more private investments into research and development, thereby improving our global performance.
  • There is a need for better balance between short-term economic gain on the one side and ground-breaking research by the universities of science and technology that tackle grand societal challenges on the other.
  • Horizon 2020 in general and Priority 3: Societal Challenges in particular put too much focus on incremental innovation and projects with high Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), resulting in an increasing gap between fundamental research and the closer to the market activities. We call upon the EU to urgently address this problem and re-enable us universities to effectively cover the entire value chain from research to innovation.
  • The European Innovation Council (EIC) should strengthen the role of universities feeding into disruptive innovation by supporting highly interactive innovation eco-systems and support bottom-up science-driven inventors, entrepreneurs and their ideas.
  • It is vital to ensure long-term financial commitment for research to prepare the ground for the innovations of tomorrow. The European Commission (EC) proposal to increase the funding for Horizon 2020 is a first step in the right direction and deserves greatest support by the Council and Parliament.
  • We urge the EU to safeguard the longstanding and excellent intra-European cooperation in research and innovation through direct participation in Horizon 2020 and its successors. The EU must prepare for a new ethical, legal and financial framework allowing for direct participation of institutions from the entire European Research Area (ERA).

We - universities of science and technology united within the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) - are committed to work together with European institutions, countries and other stakeholders in making Horizon 2020 a success. We hereby offer our expertise, constructive input and sharing of best practice.

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

Download Statement for the interim evaluation Horizon 2020 (PDF)

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