UAS4EUROPE gives European universities of applied sciences a voice and represents their interests toward actors at European level, especially toward the European institutions. This comprises – among other activities – contributing to research and innovation policies. Here is an overview of our published statements and position papers so far:
When: 29 April 2021
Why: Initiative by Commissioner Gabriel to establish a European Innovation Area (EIA)
What: In our open letter to Commissioner Gabriel, we support the plan to establish a European single market for innovation. A European Innovation Area is indispensible to complete the knowledge triangle by building bridges between research and innovation, as well as education and innovation. With this letter, we underline that Universities of Applied Sciences as international key players and regionally embedded innovation drivers are indispensible for the success of a European Innovation Area. Furthermore, we offer our support in the preparatory process for the establishment of the EIA.
Why: The European Commission’s Communication “A new ERA for Research and Innovation”
What: UAS4EUROPE is convinced that the European Research Area (ERA) of the future should enable the European research community and industry to realize its true potential for excellence and impact for the benefit of all European citizens. In this context, Universities of Applied Sciences are essential partners in creating a renewed, stronger and more efficient ERA.
Why: The next EU research and Innovation Programme
What: UAS4EUROPE is convinced that universities of applied sciences will have a strong role to play in the European research and innovation (R&I) landscape. In general terms UAS4EUROPE supports the continuity of the three pillar structure of Horizon Europe, which provides a proper balance between fundamental research, applied sciences and innovation. However, the current proposal of the Horizon Europe programme also raises some issues where improvements should be made.
Why: Preparation of the successor programme to Horizon 2020
What: UAS4EUROPE believes that the universities of applied sciences have an important role to play in FP9. Horizon 2020 is a first and much appreciated step forward to cover the full research and innovation chain in which opportunities are within reach also for UAS. However, we also provide some recommendations for a new programme that will even better integrate UAS.
Why: Public consultation in the context of the midterm evaluation process of Horizon 2020
What: This document lays down the views of UAS4EUROPE on the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It addresses the overall design and structure of Horizon 2020, the funding instruments available and the work programmes, the submission and evaluation of proposals, and also contains an outlook to FP9.
Why: Public consultation on smart specialisation
What: Universities of applied sciences are deeply rooted in the regions. UAS4EUROPE believes that smart specialisation as a concept is of great value, since it allows for a better alignment of regional research and innovation activities, bringing regional actors closer together on specific themes, in which the region can build up competitive advantages.
Why: Statement on the newly promoted idea of an EIC
What: In June 2015, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas presented his priorities ‘Open Science, Open Innovation and Open to the World’ and brought forward the idea of a European Innovation Council. This contribution was published to support the Commissioner in setting up an EIC.
Why: Launch of UAS4EUROPE
What: In this position paper we argue that Europe as a whole will benefit from realising this potential further and by focusing on the role of UAS as connectors, that is, connectors linking citizens, companies (especially SMEs) and public institutions. This will lead to greater participation and a more active contribution of the UAS to European research and innovation, Horizon 2020 and its successors.