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Key issues – Excellence, cross-disciplinarity, simplicity and impact Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument for implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a proposed € 80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative enterprises to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential. This market-driven approach will include creating partnerships with the private sector and member states to bring together the necessary resources. The CRF debate on strategic research funding in Horizon 2020 involves four recurring issues: Excellence, simplicity, cross-disciplinarity and impact. In the following, the Copenhagen Research Forum introduces its recommendations on the optimal implementation process. excellence cRoSS-diSciplinaRity CRF II sees excellent science as the driver of all good research. The societal challenges identified in Horizon 2020 are all cross- Only through outstanding research will Europe be able to compete cutting in nature, which means the sum of sector-specific solutions in the increasingly global competition to use knowledge as a lever cannot be expected to lead to responsible societal responses to for creation of growth and jobs. As a result excellence should be these challenges. Consequently it is important that these challenges the primary criterion for the selection of activities to be funded not be dealt with solely within the different disciplinary communities. throughout the entire Horizon 2020 programme, including the A convergence of disciplines on the specific challenges is necessary societal challenges. and entails collaboration among research groups and especially, on a deeper level, the integration of disciplinary approaches originally viewed as separate and distinct. Simplicity To fulfil the ambitions outlined in Horizon 2020, the EU must strive impact to launch a seamless research programme, making it as attractive as possible to top researchers and top innovators. A key issue is a Horizon 2020 should leave all researchers aware of their simplified funding scheme that would make it far easier for academia responsibility for ensuring that every research project aimed at solving and industry alike to understand and manage future projects, thus the societal challenges has a clear impact of value for society as enabling the participants to spend more time on research and less a whole. In many cases this impact should be visible in terms of on administration. CRF II foresees a need to develop a more trust- economic growth and job creation achieved through commer- based culture between funder and recipient of research funds in cialisation. Timely collaboration with industry, in particular Small order to reduce bureaucracy at all levels. and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), should be enhanced in strategic research. Great value for society, however, can also be gained through the production of state-of-the-art knowledge applicable to the formulation of future roadmaps and topics securing firm evidence for future research and political decision making. Impact in Horizon 2020 should therefore be measured in terms of transferability of knowledge and technologies. The following sections elaborate on how these key issues relate to the different elements of the research funders role in an optimal process, as illustrated to the left. 5


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