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Strengthen grand challenges research, urges Denmark

The next Framework programme should have a “clear focus on the overall political objectives of the EU”, including climate change mitigation and poverty reduction, Danish politicans recommend.

Horizon 2020’s successor should emphasise research that supports international agreements, such as the Paris climate agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Danish government said in a position paper on its priorities for Framework 9. Søren Pind, Denmark’s research minister, sent the paper to EU research commissioner Carlos Moedas on 7 June.

Tackling societal challenges should be the cornerstone of the Framework programme, the paper said, adding that Denmark is advocating a more mission-oriented approach. Missions could include green growth, better health and public healthcare, digitisation, and developing inclusive societies with world-class education.

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