The extract of an official letter from Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission:


"Subject: Public consultation on the next EU Research and Innovation programme


Dear research and innovation stakeholders,


On 10 January 2018 the European Commission
launched a series of public consultations clustered by key policy areas, in preparation for the EU next long-term budget. Citizens, organisations and businesses can give their views online until 8 March 2018. 

The consultation of EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market can be found here:

Your feedback is essential. This is THE moment to express your support, based on the EU added value of EU R&I programmes, building the success of Horizon 2020 and given the importance of research and innovation in extending the frontiers of knowledge boosting Europe's productivity and competitiveness, addressing the grand societal challenges and sustaining our socio-economic model and values. It is important that these messages are clearly passed.

I would like to thank you in advance for your support and your feedback.

/signature/ Robert-Jan Smits"

The whole text of the official letter can be found here.

You can access the questionnaire to submit your response here.

The Commission will publish the replies shortly after the end of the consultation period.