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EMI reacts on improved EU research and innovation funding

On 9 February 2011 the European Commission launched a so-called Green Paper. This document proposes major changes in EU research and innovation funding which should increase the propensity of funding to meet the growth goals which are articulated in the Europe 2020 Strategy. In this light, the Green Paper proposes a Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding. This paper is intended to stimulate debate and to launch a process of consultation at European level. EMI will participate in this consultation round, and argue for a more thorough inclusion of local policy makers.

A clearer focus on innovation

The proposed Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation combines the current Framework Programme for Research (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). It is the intention of the European Commission to simplify the procedures and rules of the innovation process. An important characteristic of this new framework is to stimulate the involvement of all relevant stakeholders: European, national and regional; research, business, government and civil society communities. A Common Strategic Framework combining the abovementioned current instruments could provide for a clearer focus on excellence, competitiveness and societal objectives.

Why does EMI participate in this consultation round?
EMI will participate in the consultation round. Aiming for strong, smart and sustainable metropolitan areas EMI is positive about:

  • EU developments to stimulate innovation
  • Inclusion of relevant stakeholders, and
  • Simplification of procedures

Research based, practice led
EMI’ s fundamental principle ‘research-based, practice led’ requires a more constructive role for policy makers in the process of EU research and innovation funding. EMI is striving to bring together researchers and practitioners for a more integrated, result-oriented approach to focus on societal challenges.

The consultation round will close on 20 May 2011. EMI´s reaction will be published on our website.