The publication of the Work Programme 2018-2020 marked the final step of the H2020, that will be replaced by a new Framework Programme (FP9) due to start on 1 January 2021.

The EU institutions are currently busy deciding on the next multi-annual financial framework (MFF) that will determine the share of budget dedicated to research in the next seven-years cycle. In this debate, the European Parliament has been very keen in stressing that health and space research spending need to increase in the successor to Horizon 2020, Framework Programme 9.

In this context, the EU’s recently appointed Director-General for Research and Innovation, Jean-Eric Paquet, said that the FP9 will be based on the formula ‘evolution, not revolution’ in continuation of the work already done. He also stressed the importance of open science, open innovation and open to the world as priorities for the next research programme.

With the discussion on the next EU funding programme almost completed and the budget almost decided, the ENRF calls on the EU institutions to get health research more upfront into FP9, including funding opportunities to boost nursing research.