Vision2020 is a pan-European Open Innovation Network that enables Research Technology Organisations and businesses to collaborate, innovate and grow. The network has more than 350+ member organisations from 42 countries and is present in all EU Member State countries.
In response to the public consultation on EU Funds in the area of Investment, Research & Innovation, SMEs and Single Market, the Vision2020 network recommends the following:
❖ Scientific Excellence
It’s imperative that scientific excellence continues to be at the heart of research and innovation funding. This is the
starting point to ensure that the most innovative and brilliant ideas are then developed to achieve social, economic and
environmental impact across Europe, and this should be a continuing priority in FP9 and future framework
❖ The “3 Os”
Open innovation has become an important force in facilitating cross-disciplinary, cross-sectorial, cross-institutional and
cross-border collaboration. To continue to drive these types of collaborations, innovation networks need to be
supported in order to create ecosystems that continue to develop and drive open innovation between researchers,
innovators, industries, users/citizens and governments across Europe and globally.
Open to the World
In order to continue to enable and expand collaboration in excellent science, and tackle global societal challenges in the
most effective and collaborative way, the best organisations and people need to be involved. Therefore, Europe needs
access to the best talent, knowledge and resources wherever they are located, making it important that open to the
world should be continued and expanded.
Open access, through open access publications and data, has been enabling the sharing of knowledge across
disciplines, industries and countries, which has been fuelling innovation and new collaboration across Europe and
beyond. This should continue to be the focus in the in FP9 in order to build and leverage the momentum in this area.
❖ Maximising Impact
Research and Innovation activities must create and drive impact, and at the core of achieving this is facilitating an
environment where cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration is supported and encouraged. In particular,
ensuring research organisations are collaborating with industry, to drive research innovation to the market, where it
will have direct social and economic impact across Europe.
❖ Increasing funding
An increased budget commitment is needed to achieve the ambitious EU research and innovation strategy. Funding
levels must be as ambitious as the strategy, and the target of 3% GDP must be reinstated.
Simplification remains a priority for all organisations involved in framework programme funding, and it is
recommended this remains a priority in FP9, building on the aspects simplified in H2020.
❖ Innovation support networks
Innovation support networks play a crucial role in enabling the right environment across the European Research Area
for research and innovation to flourish. To increase the competitive advantages of European organisations, including
SMEs, at national, European and International levels, organisations must form networks to work together, as this will
result in their long term competitive advantage.
❖ Widening participation
Ensuring engagement and collaboration across Europe is crucial to Europe’s long term growth and competitiveness,
therefore widening participation needs to continue to be a priority and should be cross-cutting in FP9.
❖ Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)
SSH should continue to be integrated across the next framework programme, to ensure the socio-economic dimension
into the design, development and implementation of research and innovative technologies and processes, thereby
ensuring that the research and innovation investment positively impacts European society.