EUCAR Perspective on Horizon Europe midterm review and outlook towards FP 10

EUCAR calls for an ambitious and industry-relevant next framework programme (FP10) to strengthen the EU economy and businesses while prioritising research and innovation for society’s benefit.

Bold leadership is needed to reshape the next framework programme to industrial needs while aligning stakeholders behind a common purpose. Agile and flexible tools should facilitate R&I actions in a quickly adapting, globally competitive market.

  • European technology sovereignty needs investments from public and private to keep expertise in Europe and thus strengthen the competitiveness of EU manufacturing, jobs and the economy. To that end, the automotive industry is investing more than 60 billion EUR annually.
  • Addressing societal challenges and achieving real impact for society is only possible when the results of innovation actions reach users and society at large. With over 10 million motor vehicle registrations annually, automotive products and services have that outreach influencing our everyday lives.
  • The automotive manufacturers are at the forefront of several critical value chains (e.g., batteries, chips), with the challenge of orchestration. They provide business perspectives, industrial leadership, and expertise not known in the research communities and/or at SMEs.
  • Public-private partnerships (PPPs) play a central role in implementing long-term R&I agendas, specifically in strengthening the EU’s competitiveness. They should be the focal point of FP10 as they enable important risk-sharing, long-term impact, and collaboration between stakeholders.
  • The industrial reality in automotive, its processes, the regulatory framework, and the standards must go ‘hand-in-hand’ with the research and innovation agenda and its development. The automotive industry’s input is critical at every programming stage for the next framework programme (after Horizon Europe) to be relevant for manufacturers.
  • Simplifying and reducing administrative burdens and streamlining processes in FP10 with industrial needs would enable speed and agility and allow companies to use their resources more efficiently on the actual R&I activities.
  • Less fragmented budgets and topics enable larger projects with sufficient industrial participation, driving innovation and standards from Europe for global use. Large flagship projects with high visibility and recognition need a sufficient budget.
  • Independent science and evidence-based decision-making should support political leaders in taking regulatory actions. Fact-based decisions are important for building trust between science, policy, and society. The political agenda should not prescribe methods or technologies or limit innovations.

FP10 should significantly focus on industrial R&I, be more business and competitiveness oriented, and offer more attractive conditions for industry participation. Based on these conditions, the budget for FP10 should be ambitious, ring-fenced, and not excessively politically driven

As a partner in Horizon Europe, we carefully review and validate the effectiveness of all tools addressing societal challenges and EU industrial competitiveness (e.g. partnerships and missions) in Horizon Europe.

You can find the EUCAR Perspective on Horizon Europe midterm review and outlook towards FP10 here.