Special Paper – Shaping Horizons: Scotland’s recommendations on the strategic planning for Horizon Europe

On the 13th September 2019, Scotland Europa submitted ‘Shaping Horizons: Scotland’s recommendations on the strategic planning for Horizon Europe. This position paper serves as a contribution from Scottish R&I stakeholders to the European Commission consultations on the Strategic Priorities of the Horizon Europe framework programme 2021-2027.

Scotland Europa and Scottish Enterprise have worked in partnership with the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Universities Scotland. Input from numerous Scottish universities and other public and private stakeholders has been facilitated through meetings of the Scottish Horizon 2020 stakeholder forum and the Shaping Horizons: Consultation and strategic planning workshop in Glasgow on 17th June 2019.  

The document includes our final recommendations for the strategic priorities for the Horizon Europe Programme, including smarter investment in new renewable energy technologies, embedding social sciences and humanities, placing Natural capital and the circular economy at the heart of economic prosperity, spur growth in the Blue and Bio-economies, revolutionising healthcare with data, digital tools and stratified medicine, making cell and gene therapies integral to modern medicine, smart sustainable production systems in food, energy and water, recognise that photonics, quantum and Artificial Intelligence will revolutionise our economy, promote community innovation models and supporting place-based innovation.

Philip Piatkiewicz