Draft Report on H2020 introduced to the European Parliament

Last week, the European Parliament was discussing a report on Horizon 2020 and FP9 made by Soledad Cabezon Ruiz, Spanish MEP.

Through this report, which is currently in draft form, the European Parliament’s Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will be able to analyse the success and importance to date of the European Programme Horizon 2020 and assess what aspects need to be improved.

The draft addresses success rates and Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), among other things, makes recommendations regarding evaluation, highlights the importance of excellence to be used as a guiding principle of the programme and asks for sufficient resources for FP9 with a starting point of €100 billion budget.

Regarding the departure of the UK from the EU, it points out that it should be taken into account when planning FP9 and that there is a desire for networks and collaboration with entities in that country to continue, given that the United Kingdom has a position of Leadership in the field of science. Furthermore, it states that research and innovation benefit from clear and stable frameworks in the long term and that satisfactory solutions can be found quickly.

In addition to acknowledging the ability of the programme to adjust to a rapidly changing world, the rapporteur, Mrs. Cabezon, recommended the Framework Programme 9 (FP9) should follow in that sense the example of Horizon 2020, and called on the Commission to retain its current pillars for FP9. She also asked for military and civilian research to be separate in the next EU budget.

Topics addressed in the report

The main areas that were addressed by the report are:

  • The need of increasing investment both in Research and Development in the Member States and in open science, as well as the importance of financing for innovation being available at all stages.
  • The objectives for the European Research Area (ERA) and their importance.
  • Social Science and Humanities (SSH) and its importance for the research into migration, populism, terrorism and health.
  • Cancer and anti-microbial resistance combatting research.
  • The need to dedicate further efforts to gender equality.
  • The falling of international cooperation numbers compared to Framework Programme 7 (FP7) and the importance of reversing this trend.
  • Increasing transparency, clarity and simplification and enhancing the ways of assessing and monitoring the impact of public funding while reducing fragmentation.

After the first discussion is held MEPs from the Committee will be able to propose amendments before the report is voted on.


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