EUROCITIES participated in two events looking at providing recommendations on the future funding programme for research and innovation, provisionally called 'FP9'.
Cities are key actors of local innovation ecosystems: this is the result of the joint hearing of the European Committee of the Regions and DG Research and Innovation, entitled ‘Cities as Actors of Open Innovation’, which took place in Brussels on 28 June. The discussion elaborated on sustainable city ecosystems and open-system thinking, where both scientific and technological knowledge, as well as social innovation and new forms of cooperation are used to solve practical urban challenges. It provided evidence on the emerging role of cities in different fields.
At the event, we presented preliminary results from our study on ‘Food in cities’ where we analysed the impact that research and innovation projects (under FP7 and Horizon2020) can have to support food activities and strategies in cities.
In addition to underline the emerging role that cities have in shaping the food system, we advocated for future research and innovation projects where local governments are included from the very beginning in the definition of the project activities and where different European funding sources are streamlined and simplified. Watch the streaming of the event.
Similar recommendations also emerged from the report of the high-level group, led by Pascal Lamy, on maximising the impact of European research and innovation programmes. The report ‘LAB – FAB – APP: Investing in the European future we want’ which includes a vision and recommendations for the future 'FP9', was presented on 3 July to a high-level conference ‘Research & Innovation – Shaping our Future’.
The high-level report suggests that between €120-160 billion should be dedicated to funds for research and innovation in the next multiannual financial framework.
The Commission has postponed the launching of an open consultation on 'FP9', initially expected for July 2017, until the beginning of 2018, in order to wait for BREXIT developments and how this will impact the next European budget.