Recently, EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations of which LEITAT is member of, with other organisations representing key European industrial research and innovation stakeholders, called on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to develop an ambitious next EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme (FP9) as a strong support for EU industrial leadership.
According to these organisations, the next EU R&I Framework Programme should be an ambitious framework programme built on Horizon 2020’s achievements. They strongly believe that this means :
- Increasing significantly the overall EU budget for research and innovation in FP9 within the current discussion on the Multiannual Financial Framework,
- Focusing on a well-balanced three- pillar structure, while allocating an equivalent share of the budget to each pillar,
- Strengthening the EU industrial leadership to guarantee sustainable application and implementation of European research,
- Continuing financial incentives in form of grants for all actors of the value chain, including small & large companies
The participation of both Industry and Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) in EU R&I Framework Programmes is essential to turn ideas into impact-driven and value-creating technologies, applications, and solutions. Among others, the engagement of the whole innovation ecosystem is supported by the contractual Public Private Partnerships (cPPPs) and Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs). These instruments are one way to address private sector participation bringing leverage from industry.
Industry and RTOs are highly committed to the Societal Challenges and the Industrial Leadership pillars. Both should be strengthened to speed up efforts in overcoming the valley of death as well as the gap between the demonstration and commercialization phases. Contractual PPPs and the JTIs are unique platforms, which foster cooperation between public and private actors by pooling their diverse capabilities and creating the critical mass for Innovative breakthrough. They also leverage the necessary funds for large-scale European projects. Understanding the channels to market as well as the challenges to upscaling, industry bridge gaps and accelerate the generation of impact and results from R&I programmes.
More information about this joint declaration on EARTO website.