A more “political” framework programme?
SRNSFG disseminates information about the draft version of the following Framework Programme (FP9) which according to the EU research commissioner Carlos Moedas, could attract broader political support.
EU next framework programme, as indicated in the documents, called “Horizon Europe”, will highlight certain important topics: Health- the goals for health innovation would include helping Europe’s national healthcare systems work better, rather than focusing on individual technologies;
Security - The draft plans include creating a central, European “cybersecurity research and competence centre as a hub with world class knowledge and technology capabilities.” It will try to counteract the receding “trust in the political institutions of democracy” by funding more research on populism, social media misinformation, and social inequalities.
Besides, Industrial and digital technologies, Climate, energy and transport, Food, farms and ocean – seem to be important part of the following framework programme.
European Innovation Council (EIC) - One of the genuinely new features of the new programme, the European Innovation Council would come in two complementary parts, namely the ‘Pathfinder for Advanced Research’, for the early stages of technology development, and the ‘Accelerator’ for innovation and ready-for-market ideas. The draft mentions funding options, but also “advisory services providing coaching, mentoring and pairing with peers, industrial partners and investors”. Interestingly, according to the draft, the Commission would also form an ‘EIC Forum’ of public innovation agencies, “with the aim to promote coordination and dialogue” and “align research agendas”.
European Research Council and MSCA. The ERC, the EU’s basic-science funder, would be given an extra push to attract top researchers from around the world, and raise the bar for scientific quality overall in Europe.
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