Austrian FP9 Think Tank report recommends a stronger role for the European Research Area Committee (ERAC) and Public-to-Public cooperation in FP9

The second position paper “Fostering Impact and Sustainable Collaboration in FP9 within a new Common Research, Technology and Innovation Policy” of the Austrian FP9 Think Tank advices on strengthening the worlds’ largest Research and Innovation programme: the European Framework Programme 9. Core argument in the report is the call for increasing synergy and complementarity between existing research and innovation (R&I) programmes and mechanisms. The authors argue that at present, while global challenges (e.g. climate change, food and nutrition security, social inequality) are increasing and at the same time the legitimization of European policy is questioned in several areas, a robust answer is needed.

This answer should entail a stronger, bigger and more focussed new Framework Programme that builds on the structure of H2020. In the report, the Think Tank prompts for a true Common Research, Technology and Innovation Policy (CoRTIP) between the EU and its Member States, where national and European research and innovation policies are well-aligned and complementary. Also the use of various instruments should be better aligned, as is suggested for the Structural Funds with the Framework Programme – already under discussion in H2020. Improved strategic coordination should be overseen by a strengthened European Research Area Committee (ERAC). The report also explicitly calls for a further strengthening and a more strategic role of Joint Programming Initiatives in areas where the Framework Programme is not the most suited approach for aligning R&I policies.

The Austrian Think Tank FP9 is assembled by the Austrian government. Its members consist of experts on research and innovation policy. The view of the think tank does not necessarily represent the view of the Austrian government.

 

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