Editorial: Shapes on the Horizon: Ideas for Horizon 2020's mid-term review and a look beyond
The upcoming EUREC College of Members is dedicated to research policy in the area of renewable energy. First of all, EUREC members will present their experience with the first calls of HORIZON2020. These presentations are a starting point to discuss what is working with HORIZON2020 and what still needs to be improved. A panel discussing, featuring the presence of DG RTD’s Deputy Director General Rudolf Stromheier, will focus on recommendations in view of H2020 mid-term review and of "FP9”, the successor programme to HORIZON2020, which will run after 2020.
Currently, EUREC brings together 45 research centres, renowned for their expertise in the field of renewable energy, representing the majority of EU Member States. A very large part of ongoing renewable energy research in Europe is taking place at EUREC member organisations.
To ensure that EUREC grows in a controlled way towards a representative association of high quality research centres, a series of criteria for new Members has been defined.
Europe lacks a funding instrument targeting early-stage researchers in applied research, meaning in our view research that takes a technology from around TRL 4 to around TRL 7 or 8.
The European Research Council has the mandate to fund ‘frontier research’. Its mission says, this term "was coined for ERC activities since they will be directed towards fundamental advances at and beyond the 'frontier' of knowledge.” Even if it is not formally excluded from this definition, applied research is not the target of the ERC because applied research does not bring about "fundamental advances”.