Research Matters

Increase funding to solve Europe’s challenges

Why research matters

Research and innovation (R&I) play a pivotal role in shaping our society and securing Europe’s standing in the global science and technology sector. R&I helps to make informed decisions and counter misinformation, empowering individuals with the knowledge needed to navigate complex issues. Humans are curious beings who seek to acquire knowledge, and science aids us in understanding the world around us.

With a call for a significant increase in research budgets, the aim is to foster innovation, sustainability, and competitiveness across various sectors such as industry, economy, and social development. 

Advocating for more funding for research and development (R&D) ­­are important steps for societal advancement.
We call for:

  • Increase in R&D investments, reaching over 3% of the GDP within the European Union and throughout all European countries
  • Doubling the budget for the EU’s next research programme, FP10, and protecting that budget by ring-fencing it.

The empowerment aspect of research is profound, especially when considering the multitude of complex challenges our societies currently face, such as climate change, cybersecurity, digitalization (AI), environmental and energy crises, threats to democracy and security, and pandemics. Solutions in these critical areas are urgently needed. Therefore, investing in research and adopting a long-term perspective are essential for driving development and innovation. This, in turn, equips us to navigate not only current and future challenges but also those unforeseen.

Drawing from Europe’s rich heritage of research and innovation, we have seen remarkable achievements that have transformed our societies and economies. From the groundbreaking advancements in renewable energy technologies to pioneering digital infrastructures and healthcare breakthroughs, Europe has been at the forefront. By investing further in research, we can continue this legacy, driving development and innovation that anticipate and navigate not only the challenges of today but also those of the future.

This European-wide campaign is set to mobilize and unify the research and innovation community, aiming to engage with policymakers, stakeholders, and the media. This initiative is crucial for raising awareness about the crucial role of research in sculpting our future and addressing global challenges. By increasing investments in research and research-driven innovation, we are investing in the very future of Europe.

The time to act is now!