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

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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:

  • Urge the European Parliament and the EU Council to push for a stronger Horizon Europe by raising its budget to 150 Billion Euros as recommended by several reports
  • A more balanced Horizon Europe programme is needed that consolidates and expands on proven mechanisms and in particular in ERC – the so-called “jewel of the crown” – and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions that are key to attract and retain in Europe the critical talent needed to nest the most disruptive innovation
  • Support publicly the statement released by 14 university organizations on Horizon Europe calling for: increase total budget, review budget allocation – in particular more investment in frontier research -, centre all the pillars on the realisation of the European Research Area, better integration among research, innovation and education; and include social dimension as well as frontier research in all clusters and missions.
  • Support on mission approach and recommendation that management of missions is ensure by researchers and innovators

EU-LIFE’s full statement is available on:

 “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 make a step further and raise the priority of Research & Innovation in EU MFF namely by providing Horizon Europe with a 150Billion 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 Director of the Institut Curie research centre, France.



EU-LIFE is an alliance of research centres whose mission is to support and strengthen European research excellence ( EU-LIFE members are leading research institutes in their countries and internationally renowned for producing excellent research, widely transferring knowledge and nurturing talent.


About the Horizon Europe (Framework Programme 9)

Horizon Europe, the European Research Programme 9, will run from January 2021 to the end of 2027. It will replace the current Horizon 2020 programme.  The European Commission (EC) published its programme proposal on the 8th June 2018. A final Horizon Europe will be reached upon negotiations among the EC, the European parliament and the European Council.