The Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) on the coming EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation

The Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) considers the coming EU research and innovation framework program (FP9) to be of utmost importance for Europe’s ability to meet societal challenges, contribute to scientific progress and be competitive in a more globalized world.

The Academy would like to point out the following:

  • For EU to remain globally competitive, it is essential to increase the funding of FP9 well above the funding of Horizon 2020 (H2020). The increased funding should be made possible by changes in the priorities of the EU budget.
  • FP9 must be a be a highly competitive program based on excellence in research and innovation. It should bring European added value and not substitute for national efforts. Well working initiatives in H2020 should be kept in FP9.
  • Simplification and streamlining efforts need to continue. The administrative burden on participating researchers, companies and other organizations must be reduced.
  • Funding for the ERC must be increased in FP9 to ensure that more excellent research is funded.
  • European research infrastructures need to be accessible for all sorts of organizations. In addition, a new European strategy for infrastructures for test and demonstration is needed.
  • FP9 must continue to contribute to the development of globally competitive European technology and industry at the forefront of sustainable development. Companies of all sizes need to be able to participate in FP9 initiatives such as for instance Public Private Partnerships and other collaborations.

A European Innovation Council is an interesting concept that could complement the framework program without being a pillar on its own. Ideally, an EIC should collect, under one umbrella, all innovation promoting instruments already are in place.

Read the paper here.