Funding for EU Research and Innovation from 2014: a UK Perspective is the official response to the EU consultation on the Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation funding. It takes the form of a 16 page statement setting out the UK’s views, key points are:
- green growth should continue to receive a high, and ideally increased, proportion of an albeit smaller overall EU budget;
- focus on impact, dissemination and knowledge transfer should be increased;
- social sciences and arts and humanities research should be embedded in all aspects of the future programme and increasing its share of funding;
- a small number of thematic challenges should be agreed and these should include climate change, energy, water and food security, the protection of natural resources and the ageing population;
- maintaining excellence should be at the heart of the programmes, but also provide support to the aspirations of EU12 countries to increase their participation;
- as well as providing research and innovation funding, the programme should also support the provision of finance for businesses and follow-on activities; and
- a step change in simplification is needed with time to grant periods being reduced and the number of audits being kept to the minimum necessary.