Theses Paper for shaping the next (9th) EU-RTD Framework Programme

Bereich: Institut

This paper is the result of the discussions of the Austrian FP9 Think Tank taking place between May and September 2016 in Vienna. The task of the Think Tank was to develop ideas and proposals for a future European Re-search, Technology and Innovation (RTI) policy and specifically a more ef-fective and efficient Framework Programme as an input for the discussions and preparations of the next (9th) Framework Programme (FP9) in Austria, in Brussels and across Europe. To this end, the Think Tank produced 10 Theses as the main outcome of its work. The Thesis in brief:

  • Thesis 1: The EU needs a common Research, Technology- and Innovation Policy (CRTIP) to enable the complementary use of all its structures and mechanisms in an efficient and sustainable way and to serve as a common framework to align all EU and national policies that are of relevance for RTI. This must include a close partnership between the EC and the Member States.
  • Thesis 2: The best way to prepare for future challenges and opportunities consists in a triple investment into the development of world class human resources, into frontier research and into world class research infrastructures. These elements should therefore play an important role in the future FP.
  • Thesis 3: With respect to the part of the programme aiming at improving European competiveness and innovation, the FP should move towards a more integrated programme for European economic policy through Research, Technology and Innovation. It should therefore give a strong role to partnership approaches (PPPs), focussing mainly on transformative innova-tion and include elements such as smart regulation and innovative procurement.
  • Thesis 4: Contributing to the grand societal challenges of our times and bringing science closer to the people should be main objectives of FP9. With respect to the societal challenges element of the programme, a redesign is required to give full justice to the specificities of new mission-oriented programmes.
  • Thesis 5: The Future Framework Programme needs to focus on a limited number of priority areas both in a competitiveness pillar and in a societal challenges pillar. These priority areas should be given the appropriate budget in order to create critical mass, high visibility and strong impact in general.
  • Thesis 6: The Framework Programme (including all initiatives funded by it) should have few and clear objectives, a clear and easy-to-comprehend structure, and a single set of instruments as simple and as unbureaucratic as possible.
  • Thesis 7: We see the necessity to considerably strengthen the strategic intelligence for programme governance and management as well as for the design of future programmes in the FP. To this end, a profound and inde-pendent monitoring and evaluation culture, equipped with sufficient resources should be established.
  • Thesis 8: Each priority area of the future FP should have a dedicated and comprehensive Strategic Programme Management provided by the European Commission, in close collaboration with the implementing agencies and containing an effective interface with the Member States. The Programme Management shall focus on optimizing the impact of the programme and enabling effective Alignment with national and transnational activities.
  • Thesis 9: The next FP should contain a more strategic, proactive and en-during approach for the cooperation with third countries.
  • Thesis 10: The compatibility and complementarity of the FP and the cohesion funds need to be improved significantly for the next programming period.

AutorInnen: Schuch, K., Martin Baumgartner Josef Glößl Sabine Herlitschka Manfred Horvat Andrea Höglinger Katja Lamprecht (Support) André Martinuzzi Helga Nowotny Georg Panholzer Wolfgang Polt Martin Schmid (Rapporteur...


Tags: Horizon Europe

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Kategorie: Projektberichte

Publikations Datum: 2016

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