Germany was amongst the first member states to react to the European Commission’s proposal for the new Research and Innovation Framework Programme which was presented on 7th of June 2018 and is due to run from 2021 to 2027.

The Federal Government calls for a key role of member states in the strategic planning process and the implementation of the programme. The outcome of this process should then be submitted to the Council of the European Union for approval.

Other key demands are:

  • The setting of minimum budgets for the „Areas of Intervention“ within the clusters under Pillar 2 to provide planning security and orientation for stakeholders
  • The division of the Cluster „Inclusive and Secure Society“ into two separate Clusters, because the target audiences, research goals and funding mechanisms of these two research areas are fundamentally different
  • The development of the new European Innovation Council (EIC) in a way which is complementary to member state-driven initiatives.

The paper contains further positions regarding governance, general orientation, content and structure, implementation and budget matters. It also refers to cross-cutting issues such as ethical standards, communication with politics and society, gender equality and third-country participation.

Download: Position Paper Federal Government_Horizon Europe_July 2018 (EN) (pdf, 314.82 KB)