Upon the initiative of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), 13 European associations of universities call upon the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council, to double the budget for research, innovation and education in the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF).
The universities released a statement (pdf), fully supporting what EC President Juncker said last week Wednesday in the European Parliament on the funding of Horizon 2020 and FP9 : double the present 80 billion euro to 160 billion euro.
This statement is a first initiative of the university associations in the run up to the publication (and the approval later on) of the draft MFF and the draft programs on research, innovation and education in May/June 2018. More joint actions will follow.
LERU chairman and rector of Utrecht University Bert van der Zwaan: “We advocate a doubling of the budget for education, research and innovation with the entire European university sector. This way we can really invest in the future of Europe.