Preparation of a Malta Position Paper on the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

The current (8th) Framework Programme for research and innovation, called “Horizon 2020”, will run until the end of 2020. Preparations for the next Framework Programme (FP9), most likely to cover the period 2021 – 2027, have already begun.
All Member States are currently concretising their position in order to provide timely input into the planning process for FP9. Malta has initiated this process through a consultation exercise, involving Ministries and other stakeholders, throughout the final quarter of 2017. The feedback received will be used to prepare a national position paper that will be forwarded to the European Commission for its consideration and which will be used by Maltese authorities during legislative negotiations on FP9.

Background on the existing Framework Programme, Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the largest EU funding programme for Research and Innovation, running from 2014 to 2020 with nearly €80 billion in funds. These funds are earmarked to address the most pressing societal challenges and overcome the barriers to scientific excellence, while simultaneously encapsulating a comprehensive approach to innovation. Horizon 2020 features a somewhat different structure and operational mechanism compared to previous framework programmes. The aim is to ensure a simpler, more flexible and transparent approach which is more accessible and inclusive to a larger number of players within the EU and beyond.  

The next FP should build on the strengths of Horizon 2020 and break the silos of research and innovation in Europe. In doing so, certain aspects of the programme could be reshaped to mitigate factors such as oversubscription, red tape and fragmentation, while increasing effectiveness and efficiency. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly clear that the gap between participation rates of high R&I-performing and low-performing Member States in the framework programme is growing, which is contributing to an “innovation divide” within and across Europe.

Your Contribution
In order to ensure that Malta's position paper on FP9 can truly reflect the needs of local stakeholders, we would like to invite you to answer the following questions. The questionnaire should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and all feedback is welcome. Only fields marked with an * are obligatory.

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

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