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news Differences surface in sticky talks over cuts to Horizon 2020 research budget

The EU is working to finish tough negotiations over Juncker’s new investment fund, which proposes to take €2.7B out of research coffers. Insiders warn that contrasting opinions over how best to divide cuts have yet to be resolved

news EU announces two scrutiny bodies to tackle red tape

A new push to cool what critics perceive as the over-active Brussels legislative machine is welcomed by industry, but denounced by NGOs as a bonfire of standards

news France announces ‘tech ticket’ for foreign start-ups

In a bid to attract start-ups to France, 50-handpicked entrepreneurs will be invited to bootstrap their businesses in Paris

news Uber tries again in Germany

The taxi company bounces back after its latest set-back in Europe. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Brussels are exploring their options for regulating the service

news Juncker fund “pre-financing” investments announced

As the row over where the money for the European Fund for Strategic Investment is to come from rumbles on, the EIB announces loans for four renewable energy and strategic infrastructure projects, earmarking them for backing from the Juncker fund

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Analysis

viewpoints How to avoid Horizon 2020 success being tarred by high failure rate

Today massive demand, tomorrow resentment: if the European Commission fails to acknowledge the overheads of applying for grants and act on low success rates, the credibility of its R&D programme could begin to slide

viewpoints Scientists can help put the brake on Brexit

There are great UK-EU science stories buried under all the one-sided anti-Brussels spin and now is the time to tell them, says Mike Galsworthy, researcher turned political activist

viewpoints Horizon 2020: what’s not to like for industry? Well, one or two things

The EU has put in considerable effort to attract research-based companies to take part in Horizon 2020. But two-stage evaluations and prioritising economic impact are not working, says GE’s Director of EU Funding, Chris Haenen

viewpoints EIT budget axe must swing more evenly

Poorly spread-out cuts to the European Institute of Innovation & Technology’s budget means we can’t plan research agendas for the next two years or train the same number of students, says Diego Pavía, chief of EIT energy

viewpoints How to fix the EU science advice muddle

The EU needs objective science advice when framing its policies. Action is needed to clarify how and by whom this is delivered, says the former EU science chief Anne Glover

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report Views of 2030: Transport, manufacturing, education and health

In October 2014, members of the Science|Business Network of universities and companies met in Berlin to compare notes about the future of four key sectors in Europe. This is what they see coming.

report Fixing the system: Horizon 2020 should focus on the overall system for delivering healthcare, experts say

Across the European Union, healthcare authorities are striving to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their delivery systems. The population is...

report The Innovation Connection: Yearbook of the Academic Enterprise Awards

Every year since 2008, the Science|Business Innovation Board has gathered entrepreneurs and innovators from across Europe for its annual awards. Meet this year’s winners – transforming education, enterprise, and the economy.

report BIG SCIENCE: What’s It Worth?

The world spends millions a year on telescopes, synchrotrons, colliders, DNA databases and other ‘big science’ projects. What does it get for that money?

report From Open Science to Open Innovation

This paper highlights the need for developing appropriate new open innovation institutions, to help bridge this gap from open science to open innovation.

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event Horizon 2020 Standing Committee

On the eve of the launch of the new work programmes, the Science|Business Horizon 2020 Standing Committee is established to consult the members of the Science|Business Network on Horizon 2020 and related R&I programmes

Stanhope Hotel, Brussels - 28 May 2015

event Scientific evidence in policymaking: the role of the JRC

A high-level dinner debate on the best approaches to deal with a changing and evolving science and knowledge environment.

Brussels - 28 May 2015

event 2015 Global Corporate Venturing Symposium (Partner event)

The 5th annual Symposium, London June 2/3, 2015

London - 02 June 2015

event Investing in breakthrough technologies: The case of ‘ATTRACT’

A Science|Business Dinner for investors interested in joining a dynamic new technology initiative

London - 03 June 2015

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S|B Innovation Network

network Politecnico di Milano researcher receives ERC grant to study laser microscopy

Dario Polli, a 38-year old researcher and lecturer at the Physics department of Politecnico di Milano, has been awarded a grant from the European Research Council. His project aims at developing an innovative laser microscopy system for monitoring cancer cells.

network Warwick University and Tata Steel strengthen relationship following launch of new global steels research centre

WMG, at the University of Warwick and Tata Steel are strengthening their collaborative research and education programmes providing a critical mass of research excellence which will position the UK at the forefront of the international iron and steel research agenda.

network King's builds links with leading university in Saudi Arabia

King’s College London has signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with King Saud University (KSU), a leading university in Saudi Arabia, and the first such collaboration for King’s in the country.

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Innovation is vital to Europe’s future - and the Science|Business Innovation Board AISBL is a non-profit scientific association formed to improve the climate for innovation.