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Writing topics – Definition of calls and the use of instruments The EU’s strategic research programme should be the focus for both competition and cooperation between the brightest minds in Europe. In order for this to happen, Horizon 2020 calls addressing societal challenges should be as attractive as possible and motivate top researchers to enter the competition for strategic research grants. A key component in this endeavour is to operate with broad and flexible challenge-oriented calls offering a broad platform for researchers to contribute with their specific ideas to solving the challenges. Furthermore, a large amount of the best groundbreaking research has highly specific needs and quickly runs the risk of falling out of scope if met with too many general criteria such as size of consortia, number of participating countries and participation of SMEs to mention just a few. Specific criteria limiting the number of applicants and demotivation of the best researchers must be avoided. As a result the range of standard requirements embedded in the call text should be reduced to as few as possible, maintaining excellence as the foremost criterion. A high degree of flexibility should also apply to the much needed introduction of cross-disciplinarity and inclusion of end and lead- users. Cross-disciplinarity is essential for addressing the societal challenges, which is why mechanisms must be established to ensure that it is encouraged and supported for example by earmarked resources, scientific matchmaking programmes or other incentives. Another critical motivating factor concerns the simplicity of instruments, funding schemes and rules for participation. Thus the CRF II panel welcomes the European Commission’s explicit intention to simplify the rules for participation in Horizon 2020. The establishment of one “ordinary funding scheme” with a few specific instruments and simple but clear basic rules for participation will be of great value in the future. This will not only attract and motivate researchers not yet familiar with EU funding to get involved, but also lessen the burden on experienced researchers to remain updated on new rules and schemes, consequently allowing them more time and energy for research. 8


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