Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas received today the report on a new vision for EU research and innovation prepared
by an independent group of high-level experts chaired by Pascal Lamy,
President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute. The report was
presented at the conference “Research & Innovation – Shaping our Future” that took place today in Brussels, attended by more than 700 scientists, innovators, business people and policy makers.
The report, entitled “LAB – FAB – APP: Investing in the European future we want”
highlights that in the last twenty years, two thirds of economic growth
in industrialised countries is attributed to research and innovation.
Its recommendations focus on maximising the impact of EU investments in
research and innovation in order to increase prosperity and solve our
biggest societal challenges.
The Group proposes eleven recommendations:
1. Prioritise research and innovation in EU and national budgets
Action: double the budget of the post 2020 EU research and innovation programme.
2. Build a true EU innovation policy that creates future markets
Foster ecosystems for researchers, innovators, industries and
governments; promote and invest in innovative ideas with rapid scale-up
potential through a European Innovation Council.
3. Educate for the future and invest in people who will make the change
Action: modernise, reward and resource the education and training of people for a creative and innovative Europe.
4. Design the EU R&I programme for greater impact
make the future programme's pillars driven by purpose and impact,
fine-tune the proposal evaluation system and increase flexibility.
5. Adopt a mission-oriented, impact-focused approach to address global challenges
set research and innovation missions that address global challenges and
mobilise researchers, innovators and other stakeholders to realise
6. Rationalise the EU funding landscape and achieve synergy with structural funds
cut the number of R&I funding schemes and instruments, make those
remaining reinforce each other and make synergy with other programmes
7. Simplify further
Action: become the most attractive R&I funder in the world, privileging impact over process.
8. Mobilise and involve citizens
Action: stimulate co-design and co-creation through citizen involvement.
9. Better align EU and national R&I investment
Action: ensure EU and national alignment where it adds value to the EU's R&I ambitions and missions.
10. Make international R&I cooperation a trademark of EU research and innovation
open up the R&I programme to association by the best and
participation by all, based on reciprocal co-funding or access to
co-funding in the partner country.
11. Capture and better communicate impact
Action: brand EU research and innovation and ensure wide communication of its results and impacts.
The Commission will respond to recommendations of the High Level Group in a Communication to be published later this year. The
recommendations and results of the conference will feed into the
preparation of the successor research and innovation programme to
Horizon 2020, due to be proposed by the Commission in 2018.
The first reaction to the report comes from LERU – League of European Research Universities.
LERU welcomes the report and agrees with the eleven high-level
messages, but disagrees with a few of the specific suggestions in the
a high-level strategic body, the EIC should include at least one
academic innovation expert. Its primary role is to advise. It should not
become a funding council (section 2).
EU labels for universities may not be the best way to achieve actual
change, for instance on open science and internal assessment procedures
· No additional and separate industry schemes in MSCA are needed (section 3).
excellence and widening participation should not be done by assisting
regions in setting up transnational, mission-like smart specialisation
strategies with FP money (section 6).
FP project applicants the choice between cost-based or lump-sum
payments is not likely to lead to further simplification (section 7).
R&I strategies should not be subject to EU-supported international
peer review but continue to be dealt with through the European semester
exercise (section 9).
online “EU University” is not the best way of linking EU-supported
researchers or innovators with R&I related questions from citizens
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