Hungary’s Framework Programme 9 wish list
EU’s next research framework programme need bigger budget, fair salaries for researchers and more money for countries with weaker research systems.
Hungary is calling for increased participation of research organisations and SMEs from countries with weaker research and development performance under the EU’s next research framework programme, FP9, a move it says is needed to close the innovation gap in Europe.
A policy paper published in Brussels by the Hungarian permanent representation at the EU, says there should be “continued strengthening” of ‘teaming’ and ‘twinning’ actions, which are part of a special funding line in Horizon 2020 to encourage rich and poor research groups to collaborate.
In the Hungarian government’s view, excellence should be rewarded regardless of geographical location. Hungary wants to see “real synergies” between structural funds and FP9. The EU is awards a ‘seal of excellence’ to project proposals that were rated highly in Horizon 2020 but for which no money was available. However, few member states have so far agreed to fund any of those projects with their structural funds instead.
The policy paper highlights the issue of competitive salaries for researchers and “adequate working conditions”, regardless of their location. “The legal framework regulating the calculation of personnel costs in Framework Programme projects should be flexible and open to member states’ accounting practices,” the paper says.
In addition, there is a call for a “significant increase” in the research and innovation budget, at both EU and national levels, and a better coordination between EU and member states’ research and innovation policies.
Hungary proposes a dedicated programme for social sciences and humanities under FP9, a “substantially increased budget” for the European Research Council, and the reinforcement of European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure’s key role in strategic planning and coordination of research infrastructures in Europe.