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Coimbra Group’s position paper on the European R&I Framework Programmes

23 February 2023

The Coimbra Group has submitted its position paper in reply to the European Commission public consultation on the ‘Past, present and future of the European Research & Innovation Framework programmes 2014-2027’.

This document is the result of the collective efforts of the whole Coimbra Group community and expresses our views on the:

  • Past: this section highlights the main achievements of Horizon 2020 as well as its missed opportunities.
  • Present: this section focuses on the implementation and management perspective of Horizon Europe, on aspects such as evaluation, funding models, gender dimension, SSH integration, missions and partnerships, among others.
  • Future: in this section CG universities advocate for key advancements on the strategic and political aspects for the 10th FP, such as simplicity and better synergies, improved accessibility and inclusiveness, more transparency in the design process and an increase in the budget, especially for ERC and MSCA programmes.

The outstanding results achieved by CG universities under the 8th and the ongoing 9th European FPs position our network as one of the largest players in the field of EU R&I and demonstrate our great relevance as project implementers as well as our legitimacy as policy contributors.

We look forward to discussing our vision for the present and the future of FPs with the European R&I policymakers and  stakeholders.

Read the full Coimbra Group position paper.