Swedish universities are strong contributors to the added value of European research and innovation through their involvement in a large number of Horizon 2020 projects and in previous EU framework programmes. The purpose of the visit, which takes part 27–28 June, is to emphasise the Swedish universities´ commitment to tackle societal challenges through research and to present their perspective on the next framework programme. 

Key recommendations to decision makers:

- Excellence must remain the main criterion for funding of research and innovation projects throughout the next framework programme.

-  More fundamental research in collaborative projects to ensure future breakthrough and innovations.

-  Social sciences and humanities must be better integrated in programme priorities.

-  Continue simplification efforts.

* The Vice-Chancellors are members of the Principals' Council of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation which comprises the universities of Uppsala, Lund, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Umeå, Luleå, and Linköping, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Chalmers University of Technology, and the Stockholm School of Economics as well as the Swedish Academy, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of History, Letters and Antiquities, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.