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Achieving "Spreading excellence and widening participation" without compromising the excellence principle in Horizon 2020

Vorgers, M.J.M. (2018) Achieving "Spreading excellence and widening participation" without compromising the excellence principle in Horizon 2020.

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Abstract:The European Union introduced research and innovation (R&I) as key priorities to ensure its competitive position towards the rest of the world. The Horizon 2020 programme has therefore been introduced to fund excellent R&I. However, the introduction of ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation’ (SEWP) threatens to compromise the core principle of excellence in Horizon 2020, which ensures only the most outstanding proposals are funded without any geographical considerations. By developing a comprehensive analytical framework, consisting of different policy domains, instrument types, rationales, target actors and interactions, insights are given on how the EU R&I policy mix can better pursue widening objectives without compromising the excellence principle in Horizon 2020. While the added-value of the small widening elements in Horizon 2020 is recognised, it is strongly recommended to provide a strict ceiling for budget dedicated to widening, while rigorously separating it from the rest of the Horizon 2020 budget. Improved synergies between Horizon 2020 and ESIF are deemed of key importance to pursue widening in the future, in which Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) under ESIF expected to play a key role.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75403
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