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EU-LIFE urges the EU Parliament and Council to push for a strong Horizon Europe

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image: U-LIFE, the alliance of 13 leading Life Science Research Institutes in Europe welcomes the European Commission's proposal on Horizon Europe and urges the European Parliament and the EU Council to make a few changes in order to ensure a stronger 9th Framework Programme for Research & Innovation that addresses urgent issues in Europe and the world. view more 

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EU-LIFE, the alliance of 13 leading life science research institutes in Europe announced its reaction to the European Commission´s proposal for Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9) that will run from 2021 to 2027.

The key points are as follows:

  • EU_LIFE urges the European Parliament and the EU Council to push for a stronger Horizon Europe by raising its budget as recommended by several reports

  • EU-LIFE encourages We encourage Horizon Europe to expand the extremely successful programmes it has initiated, namely the ERC grant system and Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions, in addition to collaborative projects that address technological and environmental challenges facing our society today. These actions attract and foster the best and brightest minds, and encourage ground-breaking research that will ensure Europe's leadership in technological and biomedical innovation in the future.

  • EU-LIFE supports the statement released by 14 university organisations on calling for: increased total budget of Horizon Europe, a review of budget allocation, centre the Programme's pillars on the realisation of the European Research Area, better integration among research, innovation and education.

  • Support for the announced 'mission' actions and a recommendation that researchers and innovators are involved in identifying and managing missions.

"We believe that the negotiations starting now will raise the potential of Horizon Europe in addressing important challenges faced by European citizens and the world", says Marta Agostinho, Coordinator of EU-LIFE. "We urge the European Parliament and the European Council to go a step further and raise the priority of Research & Innovation in EU MFF, namely by providing Horizon Europe with a 150 Billion Euro budget."

"Research & Innovation is a strong pillar under the EU ideal. Few other fields illustrate so clearly the added value of the European Union. The European Research Council, for example, has become one of the most acclaimed success stories of Europe. We must secure this legacy and invest more in its proven contribution to a better world" say Genevieve Almouzni, Chair of EU-LIFE and Scientific Director of Institut Curie, France.


EU-LIFE's full statement is available on:

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