Position Papers


Proposals for the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe

Position paper on EU Pharmaceutical Strategy | 15 September 2020
In response to the European Commission consultation, The Guild’s Health Deans advocate for the development of a framework that would facilitate the pursuit of multinational clinical studies within the EU.

Recommendations for developing the European Education Area

Position paper on EEA | 13 July 2020
The Guild provides guiding principles for strengthening teaching and learning at the European level.

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

Concept note on EU - Africa partnership | 9 July 2020
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.

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

Position Paper on ERA | 4 March 2020
The Guild outlines key priorities and principles that must be at the core of a renewed European Research Area (ERA)

Recommendations for Strengthening African Research Universities

Position Paper on EU - Africa partnership | 18 February 2020
The Guild and ARUA outline key proposals and principles for a future EU-Africa partnership.


Proposals for MSCA in Horizon Europe

Position Paper on MSCA | 7 October 2019
The Guild provides feedback on the proposed changes for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) in Horizon Europe.

The Guild's priorities for Excellence initiatives

Position paper on Excellence initiatives | 23 September 2019
The Guild identifies priority areas for Horizon Europe’s new instrument – the Excellence initiatives.

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

Contribution to Horizon Europe cluster | 20 June 2019
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.

Priorities for Horizon Europe's Health cluster

Contribution to Horizon Europe cluster | 6 June 2019

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.

Open Access and the implementation of Plan S

Position paper on Open Access | 2 May 2019
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.

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 | 9 April 2019
The document aims at helping decision-makers translate the legal framework into practices that would allow Horizon Europe to succeed in its mission.

Priorities for Horizon Europe’s Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society cluster

Contribution to Horizon Europe cluster | 9 April 2019
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.


The Guild's recommendations for the new Erasmus programme

Position paper on the new Erasmus programme proposal | 12 November 2018
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.

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 | 31 August 2018
The Guild calls for a firm approach from the co-legislators to guarantee that fostering scientific excellence remains the core objective of the programme.

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

Position paper on the European Universities initiative | 23 March 2018
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.

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

Position paper on Spreading Excellence in the ninth Framework Programme | 7 March 2018
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.

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

Position paper on innovation in the ninth Framework Programme | 22 February 2018
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.


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

Position paper on R&I missions | 14 December 2017
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.

Guild mission proposals

Missions submitted by Guild members | 14 December 2017
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.

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

Position paper on the ninth Framework Programme | 12 June 2017
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.

Empowering citizens – Raising the aspirations of European higher education

 Position paper on Erasmus+ | 31 May 2017
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.

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

Position paper on the ninth Framework Programme | 2 March 2017
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.

Unleashing the Potential of Europe’s Universities 

Position paper on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 | 16 January 2017
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.