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12 de Abril de 2018


Universitas 21 Recommends Strengthening of Global Collaboration as a Key Target of the Ninth Framework Programme


Universitas 21 (U21), a leading global network of 25 international research-intensive universities, has released a position paper on the European Union’s Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9). The paper reflects the experiences of the network’s EU and non-EU members with past and current EU Research and Innovation programmes.


The paper's main finding is a significant reduction in involvement and funding of non-EU members of U21 in the current Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, compared to its predecessor.


The network’s key recommendation for the design of FP9 is to see strengthening global collaboration in research and innovation as a key target for the programme, with enhanced supports, removal of barriers and mobilised international commitment for the programme.


U21’s Provost, Professor Bairbre Redmond said, “This position paper, prepared by the Research Leaders of U21 member universities, represents an insightful and truly global perspective on their experience of EU research funding. This is a time when it has never been more important to expand the impact of international research across physical and attitudinal boundaries. Therefore, this U21 position paper brings a valuable and unique set of recommendations for FP9 from the perspective of a key network of worldwide higher education leaders.”


Speaking on behalf of U21’s group of Research Leaders, Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact at University College Dublin said, “U21 is concerned by the decline we see in participation by third countries in EU projects. Our members report a number of reasons for such a decline, including perceived complexity, lack of international visibility, and competition from other strong funding programmes.”


“The major global challenges, such as sustainability, security and health, can only be addressed through international co-operation, and the EU Framework Programmes should be a central element of this. Our recommendations released today suggest how global co-operation in research can be supported to grow and flourish during FP9.”


She added, “As a global network we also recommend that the goals set-out in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals agenda form the basis of the mission-based approach proposed for FP9.”


U21 fosters global partnerships and collaborations and members promote global citizenship through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, and wider advocacy for internationalisation.


The network’s position paper released today provides a series of recommendations for FP9 which focus on a number of areas, including commitment and supports, UN Sustainable Development Goals, clarity and communication, reducing complexity, growing funding and Brexit.


“Strong participation by UK researchers has been a key enabler of success in the Framework Programmes to date, and U21 recommends that a mechanism be found to maintain this,” concluded Professor Feely.


The Universitas 21 position paper on the 9th European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation can be downloaded via