The European Union is currently preparing its next framework programme for research and innovation, and the Academy of Finland has now published a position paper regarding the upcoming programme. In the position paper, the Academy stresses that scientific breakthroughs and societal impact require long-term investments in high-quality research. Therefore, the funding of the entire framework programme should be increased from the current level. The Academy hopes that in formulating the framework programme the European Commission will pay special attention to open science, the quality and impact of research and the perspective of applicants.
Sustainable and long-term impact requires excellent research that also permits risk-taking and failure. The timespan for research impact varies and reaches society through results, cooperation and interaction, and proficient people. In its position paper, the Academy states that the participation of different stakeholders and citizens both in defining research agendas and in research projects adds to the openness and impact of science.
The Academy also calls for an increase in the funding of the European Research Council (ERC). Support for researcher mobility must be continued as well. International mobility and collaboration are important factors in enhancing the impact of research and solving societal challenges.
Research infrastructures play a key role in advancing excellent science and research cooperation. The view of the Academy of Finland is that the EU must continue its support for constructing and utilising shared research infrastructures.
New solutions are needed to support third country participation in the framework programme. In specified research areas, global cooperation can also be advanced through public-to-public partnership initiatives.
Furthermore, the Academy of Finland’s position paper highlights the significance of open science in unlocking new opportunities to increase the quality and impact of research and innovation. The EU must therefore promote open science across all research and innovation activities. The framework programme should reward researchers who embrace the principles of open science, and the EU must use its leverage to promote open access publishing.
- Vice President for Research Riitta Maijala, tel. +358 295 335 002, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Manager of International Affairs Johanna Hakala, tel. +358 295 335 147, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
Riitta Tirronen, Director of Communications
Academy of Finland Communications
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