Guild Publications



The Guild welcomes the appointment of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon as acting President of the European Research Council

Statement on ERC

24 July 2020


The Guild calls on the European Parliament to improve spending on Horizon Europe and Erasmus+

Statement on EU budget

22 July 2020


Recommendations for developing the European Education Area

Position paper on EEA

The Guild provides guiding principles for strengthening teaching and learning at the European level.

13 July 2020


Confronting our Common Challenges: a new Approach to Strengthening Africa’s Research, Innovation and Higher Education Capacity

Concept note on EU - Africa partnership

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and The Guild call for sustainable investment in African knowledge societies by creating Centres of Excellence (CoE) to confront common challenges for both continents.

9 July 2020


Successful ERA requires maintaining focus on Europe’s ability to create world class new knowledge

Statement on ERA

The Guild reissues its call for the European Research Area (ERA) to focus on strengthening the production of new knowledge through academic research.

7 July 2020


European ambition for research and innovation needs stronger reflection in the EU’s budget for 2021-2027

Statement on EU budget

The Guild urges the Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament to increase their commitment to research, education and innovation in the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), and ensure a timely start for 2021.

28 May 2020


The Guild fully supports the Scientific Council of the ERC

Statement on ERC

The Guild expresses its full support to the European Research Council (ERC), following its request made on 27 March for Prof. Mauro Ferrari to resign as President of the ERC.

8 April


Empowering Europe’s scientific leadership through a renewed European Research Area

Position Paper on ERA

The Guild outlines key priorities and principles that must be at the core of a renewed European Research Area (ERA)

4 March


Recommendations for Strengthening African Research Universities

Position Paper on EU - Africa partnership

The Guild and ARUA outline key proposals and principles for a future EU-Africa partnership.

18 February


Developing equal, mutually beneficial partnerships with African universities: recommendations for a new European collaboration strategy

Insight Paper 1 on European collaboration strategy with Africa

In this insight paper, Professor Peter Maassen (University of Oslo) outlines in detail the particular need for investment in African research-intensive universities.

18 February



Proposals for MSCA in Horizon Europe

Position Paper on MSCA

The Guild provides feedback on the proposed changes for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) in Horizon Europe.

7 October


Open letter to CULT committee members

Open letter on priorities for education

The Guild publishes recommendations on European education policies for members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education.

25 September


The Guild's priorities for Excellence initiatives

Position paper on Excellence initiatives

The Guild identifies priority areas for Horizon Europe’s new instrument – the Excellence initiatives.

23 September


Open letter to ITRE committee members

Open letter on priorities for research and innovation

The Guild publishes recommendations on European research and education policies for ITRE Committee members.

19 September


Open letter to Commissioner-designate Mariya Gabriel

Open letter to next Commissioner on research and education

The Guild publishes recommendations on European research and education policies ahead of the commissioner candidate hearings.

18 September


Priorities for Horizon Europe's Digital, Industry and Space cluster

Contribution to Horizon Europe cluster

As a contribution to Horizon Europe’s Strategic Planning process, The Guild outlines five priority areas for this cluster: (1) Artificial Intelligence; (2) Advanced computing; (3) Manufacturing; (4) Advanced materials; and (5) Space.

20 June


Priorities for Horizon Europe's Health cluster

Contribution to Horizon Europe cluster

For each of the priority areas, the paper identifies the challenges our societies face today, the expected impact of collaborative R&I, and the R&I orientations that will contribute to their achievement. These priorities will maximise EU added value and amplify the societal impact of Horizon Europe.

6 June


Open Access and the implementation of Plan S

Position paper on Open Access

With these recommendations, The Guild builds on its submission to the Plan S consultation, contributing to a wider debate about how Plan S can help realise the ambitions of Open Science.

2 May


The Guild's proposals for a successful implementation of Horizon Europe and its Strategic Planning process

Position paper on Horizon Europe's Strategic Planning process

The document aims at helping decision-makers translate the legal framework into practices that would allow Horizon Europe to succeed in its mission.

9 April


Contribution to Horizon Europe cluster

The challenges related to democratic development, societal transformations and cultural openness will have a considerable impact on the well-being of citizens, social cohesion and competitiveness of Europe in the coming decades. Therefore, it is vital that the Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society cluster receives substantial funding in Horizon Europe.

9 April


UK and EU must not go separate ways in science, education and innovation

Statement on Brexit

As the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU and the framework of their future relationship are contested and finalised , the Guild urges that a strong relationship between the two must be secured to sustain Europe’s outstanding strength in research, innovation and education.

25 March



The Guild's recommendations for the new Erasmus programme

Position paper on the new Erasmus programme proposal

The Guild welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for the next Erasmus programme (2021-2027) and its vision to work towards a European Education Area by 2025.

12 November


Scientific leadership and global impact key priorities in the current negotiations on Horizon Europe

Statement on key priorities in current negotiations - Horizon Europe

The Guild affirms the key priorities that should be addressed as part of the ongoing legislative work leading to the establishment of the EU’s new framework programme for research and innovation.

5 November


The Guild's position on the draft reports of Dan Nica and Christian Ehler on Horizon Europe

Position paper on the EP draft reports - Horizon Europe

The Guild calls for a firm approach from the co-legislators to guarantee that fostering scientific excellence remains the core objective of the programme.
31 August

Guild Presidents call on Horizon Europe and Erasmus to strengthen Europe’s global position in science, education, and innovation

Statement on Horizon Europe and Erasmus

Research, education and innovation must be at the core of the EU’s future vision. Hence, we welcome Horizon Europe’s new approaches. However, Europe’s global position in
science and innovation requires a much higher level of ambition, read our recommendations here.

12 June


Research and innovation for the Europe we want to see

Statement on SSH in FP9

FP9 must empower researchers to fulfil their potential and contribute to evidence-based policies on social cohesion, education, intercultural communication, democratic participation, and developing a fair and sustainable economy in the context of globalisation. The Framework Programme must contribute to a deeper understanding of the effects of disruptive innovation, and transformation based on expertise in all STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Medicine), to strengthen our societies, cultures, institutions, and economies.

19 April


Shaping European universities of the future: The Guild’s recommendations for the European Universities initiative

Position paper on the European Universities initiative

The Guild supports the European Universities initiative to boost the competitiveness of the European higher education sector. The creation of collaborative flagships, distinguished by high-quality education and research excellence, will bring a step-change to the Bologna process through the mutual recognition of degrees and the removal of barriers to mobility.

23 March


Mind the Gap: Supporting excellence across Europe in the 9th Framework Programme

Position paper on Spreading Excellence in the ninth Framework Programme

Our commitment to excellence in research and innovation (R&I) must be inclusive: excellence should be fostered and strengthened wherever it exists, in all countries and regions of Europe.

7 March


Bolstering Europe’s innovation ecosystems: Research, creativity, and co-creation

Position paper on innovation in the ninth Framework Programme

Ahead of the establishment of the European Innovation Council (EIC), we urge that the role of universities as part of the innovation ecosystems be recognised and strengthened. Responding to the proposed creation of the EIC, we are calling for EU policy to be even bolder in bringing science and innovation closer together.

22 February



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


Guild mission proposals

Missions submitted by Guild members

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


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

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


The Guild’s response to the Lamy report

Statement on 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


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

Statement on the Commission's renewed Agenda for HE

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


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

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


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

Statement on 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


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


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


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