What we are doing

As an alliance of excellent performing life-science research institutes in Europe, EU-LIFE is committed to teaming up with European institutions and relevant stakeholders to promote better research value in and for Europe. This includes contributing to the public debate and working directly with policymakers for the development of research strategies and concomitant frameworks that deliver science-based solutions to the citizens.

Special attention has been given in participating at an early stage in European-level dialogue on EU framework programmes in many ways, i.e.:

  • providing input to policymakers and advocating for our vision on key priorities;
  • reinforcing scientific excellence;
  • creating a broader definition of impact to support breakthrough scientific discoveries;
  • investing in efficient models to connect research and professional knowledge transfer;
  • enabling outstanding science and innovation in all corners of Europe;
  • attracting and training the next generation of scientists.

EU-LIFE makes regular contributions to help shape the European research landscape, particularly with regard to excellent science in Europe, the successive framework programmes for research and innovation, and the development of the European Research Council (ERC). Some of our latest actions are highlighted below.


Excellent science in Europe


Horizon Europe


Horizon 2020


  • Supporting ERC’s vision and priorities, and enrolling in regular discussions about its mission
  • Nominating ERC members and president, in the context of our regular actions in search of opportunities for researchers to play prominent roles in EU policy
  • Submitting concrete proposals on challenging aspects of ERC
  • Conducting public campaigns with ERC and other stakeholders with the aim to give visibility to ERC’s impact in science and society


Latest events

Our position

The economic, social and environmental development of tomorrow depends on the discoveries of today. This must be reflected in the next Research Framework Programme Horizon Europe and that’s why we are urging the European Parliament and the EU Council to increase the Horizon Europe budget as recommended by the Lamy report to 150 Billion Euros.

We also strongly encourage Horizon Europe to expand the extremely successful programmes initiated in previous Framework programmes, namely the ERC grant system and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, in addition to collaborative projects that address technological and environmental challenges facing our society today. These actions attract and foster the best and brightest minds, and encourage ground-breaking research that will ensure Europe’s leadership in technological and biomedical innovation in the future. 

Expected timing of impact of research outputs in Horizon Europe should as well be realistically adjusted to a longer timescale and its definition broadened beyond economic competitiveness to include wider social impact. The highest value over time comes from high-risk, open-ended excellent research. This should be the main priority of public funding such as Horizon Europe. The investment in close to the market stages will then follow from the private sector. 

Why it’s important

It is a fact that investment in research and innovation is at the core of economic and social development of any society at any time.  World leading Research & Innovation is critical to the promotion of the wealth and well-being of citizens and key for the realisation of the ideal of the European Union (EU) and to address the Sustainable Development Goals.
It is clear from studies on previous Framework Programmes that every Euro spent on Research & Innovation will generate roughly five-fold the investment in economic benefit, as well as improving social, health and environmental standards. 
However, research and innovation still represents less than 10% of the total EU budget.