A Step-Change for Europe? The Guild releases a response to the Lamy Report
In its response to the report of the High-Level Group on maximising the impact of European Research and Innovation Programmes (Lamy Report), The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities welcomes the call to double spending on research and innovation at European level, and to bring national investments to 3% of GDP in EU Member States.
The Guild agrees with the Lamy Report’s insistence on developing an ambitious vision for European research and innovation. However, it is important to emphasise that this vision must comprise not only a step-change in Europe’s innovative capacity. It must also include frontier-led research and the production of new knowledge as key to our ability to better understand an increasingly complex and fractured world around us.
The Guild strongly supports the Lamy Report’s commitment to strengthening the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, as we need to continue supporting frontier-led research as the cornerstone of the EU’s framework programmes. We also call for new research missions to include bottom-up research collaborations at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). Finally, The Guild shares the Lamy Group’s desire to bring education, research and innovation more closely together, as this is core to the mission of research-intensive universities.
The Lamy Report will form a critical reference point for future discussions about the next Framework Programme (FP9). The Guild looks forward to discussing further a range of issues that require significantly further deliberation by all stakeholders. This includes how we can best engage citizens so that they identify with the benefits of research and innovation, and what it means for them. We also need a careful consideration of how we can reduce the participation gap in research and innovation, while at the same time maintaining the excellence principle for all parts of FP9. And we need a comprehensive discussion of the many ways in which universities can help innovation ecosystems to flourish, bringing together researchers, the public sector, innovators, students, citizens, industries and small and medium enterprises.