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!!DOUBLE INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND EDUCATION  
!TO   BOOST EUROPE'S COMPETITIVENESS AND SUSTAINABILITY
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As European associations of universities, we call upon the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council, to double the budget for research, innovation and education in the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF).
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A doubling of the budget of the 9th EU Framework Programme (FP9) for Research & Innovation to 
__160 billion euro__, also requested by the Lamy Group, would create an estimated 650.000 jobs by 2040 and 
add around 0.46% to GDP over the same period. As the European Commission has stated in its Communication on the next 
MFF, this doubling would enable the EU to emerge as a global leader in areas like future-energy batteries, smart and 
clean buildings and vehicles, infectious diseases, and the circular economy. At the same time it would stimulate more inclusive and resilient societies, increase sustainable growth and reduce inequality in Europe.
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Although __Horizon 2020__ is the largest framework programme for research and innovation to date, it is, with less than 80 billion euro for 7 years, underfunded. In some parts of Horizon 2020, the current budget supports less than 1 out of 5 high quality proposals. Equally, even though the success of Erasmus + is outstanding in fostering mobility and employability, at 5% European student mobility is far below the 20% Bologna Process target. 
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However, doubling the FP budget cannot be a substitute for strong support for, and investment in, research, innovation and education at national level. __Sufficient national investment__ in research (to the level of 3% of GDP as agreed by the Member States) and education, together with EU funding, is crucial for Europe’s competitiveness and for a sustainable European society (in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals). We also urge the European institutions to encourage Member States more forcefully to meet their commitments in the framework of the European Research Area (ERA) and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). 
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__Universities are strong and committed partners__ in the search for solutions to pressing, emerging and future societal 
challenges, and for boosting EU competitiveness, regional development and sustainability. They do so by performing 
cutting-edge research that is increasingly challenge-driven, interdisciplinary, multi-actor (working with industry, SMEs and societal/cultural enterprises), and inspired by open science principles. Universities bring research results to the public and the market, valorise these results through start-ups and educate present and future generations of teachers, entrepreneurs, researchers, politicians and citizens in general. Universities, and the European associations to which they belong, look forward to working with the EU institutions to __make European research, innovation and education programmes an even greater success than they are today__, and to play an important role in __further increasing the relevance, impact and benefits__ of those programmes to European citizens. 
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Download the joint [statement|Final Statement - double investment.pdf]
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!!Position Paper
!!People's Union
Together, __Civil Society Europe__ (CSE) and the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) call for an ambitious investment in FP9 for a grand challenge to achieve a __People’s Union__, covering research addressing EU citizens' main concerns.
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The paper focus on three main points:
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*The need for a cluster with attention to __People's Union__

*Few examples of areas of interests in the cluster: __Democracy, Inequalities, Culture and Art, and Education__

*The importance to finance this cluster with __a comparable budget to all the other clusters__. This research not only is relevant to EU citizens but also addresses two of the Programme's priorities: __gender balance and wider inclusion of Eastern European scholars__
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Read the [paper|EASSH_CSE_Fnl.pdf]
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The European Alliance for SSH welcomes the invitation of the Commission to contribute to the development of the next Framework Programme. In response EASSH has prepared two position papers, with a thematic and a cross-cutting
focus respectively. Both papers are displayed and can be downloaded below:
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[1. EASSH Position paper|Acad_Main/Collaborations/EASSH/EASSH Position paper]
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[2. FP9‘s ambitious aims for societal impact call for a step change in interdisciplinarity and citizen engagement|Acad_Main/Collaborations/EASSH/Interdisciplinarity and citizen engagement]
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