Guild Publications



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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