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Financing research and innovation

Besides a regulatory framework that is conducive to innovation, public funding plays an important role in leveraging investment in research and innovation projects in Europe. This is crucial on the way to reach the EU target of spending 3% of its GDP in R&D by 2020.


The EU framework programmes for research and innovation (FPs) are unique funding instruments and means to turn excellent ideas into new products, services and solutions benefiting European citizens. It is also an important step to support sustained economic growth, address societal challenges and bring innovation closer to the market. EU programmes matter to European business as a leading global actor and participant in research and innovation projects. 


Position papers Date
Horizon Europe mid-term review - BusinessEurope comments in reply to the public consultation 23/02/2023
Open Science – a business view on open research data 14/05/2020
Horizon Europe implementation - BusinessEurope's reply to the consultation 03/10/2019
Joint Statement for an Ambitious Horizon Europe Programme 16/09/2019
Research and innovation in the new European political cycle 11/09/2019
BusinessEurope comments on Horizon Europe 13/07/2018
EU research & innovation funding programmes matter for companies! – CEOs statement on Horizon Europe 23/11/2017
Views on the "LAB-FAB-APP" report 09/10/2017
Maximising the impact of EU research and innovation programmes - BusinessEurope's views 18/04/2017
BusinessEurope comments on Horizon 2020 - Interim evaluation 12/01/2017
Public letters Date
Horizon Europe - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Jean-Eric Paquet 09/06/2021
Horizon Europe - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Thomas Oberreiter, Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria 16/11/2018
Discussions on the Horizon Europe programme - Letters from Markus J. Beyrer 19/10/2018
An ambitious budget for "Horizon Europe" - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk 30/05/2018
Next EU framework programme for research and innovation (FP9) - Letter from Emma Marcegaglia and Markus J. Beyrer to Commissioner Carlos Moedas 20/03/2018
The 9th research and innovation framework programme (FP9) - Letter from Emma Marcegaglia and Markus J. Beyrer to Commissioner Carlos Moedas 01/03/2018
Press releases Date
EU ministers made a decisive good step on research financing 29/09/2020
EU business proposals to lead the global innovation race 12/09/2019
EU research and innovation: deal on Horizon Europe is a key step 20/03/2019
EU Member States put EU innovation at risk 07/03/2019
Horizon Europe: more - not less - to overcome the innovation gap 21/11/2018
EU research and innovation: 28 industry leaders call for ambitious funding programmes 23/11/2017
Reports and studies Date
Regulatory sandboxes - An analytical paper by winnovation consulting 20/05/2020
Speeches Date
European Industry Day 2018 - Address by Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope 22/02/2018
Last updated: 18 June 2018