The UAS4EUROPE network has published a statement on the mid-term review of Horizon 2020 (H2020) Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The joint statement by EURASHE, UASnet, swissuniversities, Hochschule Bayern e.V. (supported by Bavarian Research Alliance) and the Austrian FHK covers the UAS4EUROPE opinion on the overall design and structure of H2020, the funding instruments available, the Work Programmes, the submission and evaluation of proposals and suggestions for the outlook on the upcoming FP9.
In general UAS4EUROPE believes that there are many positive changes in the H2020; for the first time there is an integration of research and innovation activities and the H2020 has a clear structure along the three pillars of Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. UAS4EUROPE would like to see such an overall structure maintained.
However, the UAS4EUROPE network would like work together with the European Commission to provide and develop more opportunities for better future participation of the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in H2020. As one of the suggestions to increase the UAS participation in the future, UAS4EUROPE introduces the concept of ‘Smart Partnerships for Regional Impact’ (SPFRI), outlined in the UAS4EUROPE position paper, which would bring to the table e.g. the excellent UAS networks with regional SMEs and can serve as a means for ensuring that the projects have the required impact.
Read more about the UAS4EUROPE comments to the H2020 midterm review and suggestions for FP9 here.