Lund University is a member of LERU

(League of European Research Universites)

LERU Research Policy Group

Each LERU university has one member in the RESE policy group, usually the Vice-Rector for Research. The activities of the policy group are guided by a steering group.

Research Policy Group focuses on EU research and innovation policy EU affairs connected to research and innovation policy. Topics expected to figure prominently in 2021 include Horizon Europe, ERA, open science, foreign interference, dual use, animal research, covid-19 impact.

Activities/Topics
The LERU Research Policy Group is a forum for policy development, exchange of information and mutual learning.

At the meeting December 2020 the following topics were discussed.
– Outcome of recent EU policy developments (MFF/NGEU/Horizon Europe/Erasmus/Health). Missions in – Horizon Europe. Analysis of the lobby strategy used and brainstorm on how to achieve better outcomes in the future.
– The European Research Area and the European Education Area.
– Upcoming EC Guidelines on tackling Foreign Interference in Higher Education institutions and Research Organisations
– Collaboration between LERU and EGHRIN on Global Health Issues
– LERU Report on the implementation of Open Science and the way forward


At the meeting in June 2018 the following topics were discussed.
– implementation of the Open Science Roadmap
– dual use and defence research
– MFF and FP9
– European Education Area
– recent EU and LERU development


At the LERU Policy Group Research meeting at Utrecht University on 8-9 June 2017 the following topics were discussed:
-Next-Generation Metrics: responsible metrics and evaluation for open science
– COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology
-Defence Research: EU policy initiatives 2018-2020 and 2021-2027
-Research Integrity: revised edition of the ALLEA European Code of Conduct,
-State of Affairs Brexit

The LERU Research Policy Group  monitors the EU affairs and funding issues – e.g. Horizon 2020, ERA, Science 2.0, ERC, peer review, open science (the open science platform (OSPP), open access and text & data mining, data protection and privacy issues. Other issues for discussion are research impact, EIT, structural funds and U-Multirank.

The group organises meetings and other activities in which specific strategic topics, such as research funding, assessment and infrastructures, are discussed.

The LERU Research Policy Group has for example developed a LERU Position paper 2016:  Citizen science at universities: Trends, guidelines and recommendations. LERU focuses in this paper on citizen science as university-based projects managed by professional scientists. Citizen science also could be grassroots community initiatives with little or no involvement of academic researchers. Citizens can perform data collecting or answering simple questions, engage in more complex problem solving, which may require significant skill or insight, perform original research contributing even to problem definition and research methodology. LERU analyses trends in citizen science, formulates actionable guidelines for scientists and gives recommendations for universities, policymakers and funders. LERU wants to support recent trends in citizen science as positive developments that help to progress science and benefit researchers and society at large.
leru-advice-paper-citizen-science-at-research-intensive-universities

Related to the work of the LERU Research Policy Group:
Horizon 2020 Champions, countries and organisations most successful
-European Research Council ERC funding activities 2007-2013

LERU Position Paper 2012, Research Universities and Research Assessment
Report from the 2nd LERU Reserach Integrity forum, Handling allegations of misconduct LERU

Presentation of the first 100 calls for proposals which closed by 1 December 2014.