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RCUK publishes early reflections on FP9

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over between 2014 and 2020.  We have reached the midterm of Horizon 2020, it may still be several years until its successor starts but the work on shaping ninth research framework programme “FP9” has started in Brussels.

Some early thinking by the European Commission is available, as well as the recommendations of the High Level Group chaired by Pascal Lamy, which was published this summer. Since the publication of the report, many stakeholder organisations have provided their feedback and early thinking on FP9. Discussions cover a range of ideas and issues:

  • continuity with Horizon 2020
  • new concepts, such as a European Innovation Council  
  • moving from societal challenges to a mission-oriented approach.

The Research Councils are actively engaging with the process of shaping FP9 and has published early reflections this week. The paper was developed with support by the UK Research Office, the European office of the UK Research Councils which delivers a subscription-based advisory service for research organisations and provides National Contact Point services on behalf of the UK Government.

The next step in the process will be a public stakeholder consultation on FP9, expected to be published by the European Commission early in the New Year.  The Commission’s proposal for FP9 will start the process to agree the new programme with the European Parliament and the Council which is expected in July 2018.

Horizon 2020 has three more years to run, the Horizon 2020 work programme was published in October, and several calls are already open for proposals.

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Notes to editors

  1. The paper, RCUK REFLECTIONS ON THE REPORT “LAB-FAB-APP – Investing in the future we want” AND EARLY DISCUSSIONS ON FP9 is available for download.

  2. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

  3. Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Our collective ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. The Research Councils are central to delivering research and innovation for economic growth and societal impact. Together, we invest £3 billion in research each year, covering all disciplines and sectors, to meet tomorrow’s challenges today. Our investments create new knowledge through: funding research excellence; responding to society’s challenges; developing skills, leadership and infrastructure; and leading the UK’s research direction. We drive innovation through: creating environments and brokering partnerships; co-delivering research and innovation with over 2,500 businesses, 1,000 of which are SMEs; and providing intelligence for policy making. Find out more about our work at

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