Guild Publications


Mission (im)possible? Addressing Europeans’ pressing concerns through research and innovation

Position paper on R&I missions

The Guild welcomes the new mission-oriented approach to challenge-driven research in the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9). Formulating missions that address the concerns of European citizens, contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and foster interdisciplinary and transnational research excellence holds great potential to build on the successes of the current and past framework programmes.

14 December 2017


Guild mission proposals

This document presents proposals for missions for the EU’s next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9) stemming from the academic communities of The Guild’s nineteen member universities.

14 December 2017


Supporting Europe’s Societies: Research and Innovation for the Ninth Framework Programme

Position paper on the ninth Framework Programme

The European Union provides outstanding added value to research, innovation and education. No other continent, no other group of states has developed such a capacity to bring together the best minds across borders to solve major challenges, create knowledge, and acquire new skills. The budget for research and innovation in the next Framework Programme (FP9) needs to be increased to €130bn as the EU must concentrate on areas where it provides the most added value to Member States.

12 June 2017

Empowering citizens – Raising the aspirations of European higher education

 Position paper on Erasmus+

In its submission to the Interim Evaluation of Erasmus+, the Guild emphasises the importance of raising the aspirations for the programme. Erasmus+ must reach its full potential to serve the present and future needs of European citizens in a fast-changing world. 

31 May 2017


Serving Europe’s Societies: Research, Innovation, and the Future of Europe

Position paper on the ninth Framework Programme

Research and Education are part of the foundation of European public life. They are predicated on values, trust, and the pursuit of truth, without which our institutions and our interactions cannot function. The next Framework Programme must strengthen frontier-led science. We must also be bold in addressing the structural and cultural impediments to research excellence in all parts of Europe.

2 March 2017


Unleashing the Potential of Europe’s Universities 

Position paper on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020

Knowledge creation is key to Europe’s cultures, societies and economies.  Europe’s potential for research and innovation is reliant upon its universities as the environment in which scientific knowledge is gained and future innovators are educated. The Guild makes nine propositions for how Horizon 2020 and its successor programme could further strengthen excellence in research and innovation across Europe.

16 January 2017



Investing in the Future of Europe – The Guild’s statement on Brexit

The success of European universities depends on their ability to circulate ideas freely, through their researchers, students and alumni. This must not be affected adversely by Brexit.

13 November 2017

The Guild’s response to the Lamy report

In its response to the High-Level Group report on the future of EU research and innovation, the Guild welcomes the proposal to double the budget for the next Framework Programme. However, the Guild stresses that investing in research, innovation and education is not only economically sound, it also strengthens Europe’s public life, and preserves its social and cultural welfare.

18 July 2017


The Guild’s response to the Commission’s renewed Agenda for Higher Education

The Guild endorses the European Commission’s latest proposals to further strengthen European higher education, built on a recognition that effective education systems are the foundation of open, fair and democratic societies.

16 June 2017


The Guild’s response to the ITRE draft report on H2020 and FP9

The Guild welcomes the recommendations of the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee for the next Framework Programme, based on a careful review of how Horizon 2020 has succeeded in its mission to foster excellent science, respond to societal challenges and boost industrial leadership in Europe.

5 April 2017

Published May 23, 2017 5:35 PM - Last modified Dec. 19, 2017 10:09 AM