FP9: Top Stories
R&D in the East: Enthusiasm goes a long way in Slovenia
Hour-for-hour, they are paid 4 – 5 time less than counterparts in western Europe. But scientists in Slovenia are determined to make up for a lack of government funding and the structural disadvantages facing the country’s research and innovation system
Less than halfway in, Horizon 2020 has received as many applications as FP7
There have already been 140,000 proposals for Horizon 2020 – the same number as submitted in the whole of Framework Programme 7
Ireland’s chief science adviser on mission to woo scientists from the UK
Mark Ferguson makes no bones about the opportunities, saying “With Brexit, there is more upside than downside for Irish science”
Gates to Europe: Prioritise health research for poor countries in the next Framework Programme
Billionaire philanthropist pitches for sustained EU research support in developing world, amidst fears that UK and US governments may dramatically scale back


Rocks and hard places: Romanian R&D needs EU help with funding dilemma
Changes to Horizon 2020 salary rules are compounding difficulties Romania faces in attracting and retaining researchers. The EU could help by speeding up amendments on how salaries are calculated, says Daniel David, Vice-Rector for R&D, Babeș-Bolyai University
With decision-time pending, opinions vary on whether to embed military R&D in FP9
As the EU new defence programme starts to take shape, the question of how it relates to civil R&D is up in the air. But European subsidiaries of US or Chinese companies are likely to be allowed take part
EU has three options for filling its £8.5B Brexit funding hole
The UK’s contributions to the Euro club looks set to stop in the next few years, creating a problem for the long-term planning of the EU budget. German MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel considers ways of addressing the practical headache
How will the next EU research programme shape up without the UK and Switzerland?
The prospect of losing two science heavyweights looms over preparations for Framework Programme 9. Science|Business brought together researchers, funders and policymakers to debate and discuss the implications
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EU SFIC Opinion: Open FP9 to global excellence
A forum within the European Research Area Committee (ERAC) — a committee that advises the Council, the Commission and member states on the governance of the European Research Area —has given an opinion criticising Horizon 2020 for largely failing to improve international participation.
CLORA: A welcoming FP9
CLORA has called for a strengthened and impactful FP9 and European Research Area (ERA). They argue for fostering excellence and greater collaboration. They also call for FP9 to be more accessible to citizens — through outreach — and to researchers through simplification and improved success rates
EU-LIFE: Support innovation with excellence
A European alliance of life-science research centres, EU-LIFE, is arguing for strengthened excellence and enhanced collaborative research across FP9. They call upon the Commission to focus on human capital and the early stages of innovation to provide fuel to the innovation process
The Guild: Nine proposals for FP9
The Guild details nine key propositions for FP9 and argues for collaborative, fundamental research as the key priority, putting universities at the centre of a more open and inclusive R&I framework
Slovenian Expert Group on FP9: Interconnect governance to better connect research
The Slovenian Government has produced an expert-group report detailing its priorities for FP9. It focusses on enhancing synergies and collaboration through interconnecting priorities and improving governance.
Research Strategies: Europe 2030 and the next Framework Programme
This Science|Business Network conference brought together a select group of corporate executives, university administrators and policy leaders from all over Europe and from all sectors/disciplines to discuss among peers the Commission's newly prepared scenarios for the future and analyse how they will affect R&D strategies of companies, universities and governments.