FP9: Top Stories
EU budget chief wants to protect research from cuts in 2021 - 2027 budget cycle
Günther Oettinger says research should be the only programme spared spending cuts as the EU weighs how to make up for losing the UK’s €11B per annum contribution
Science ministers want Brussels to slim down research funding programme
The current system is so complex and fragmented that you need professional consultants to make sense of it, says Estonia’s science minister, Mailis Reps. But agreeing what to junk will be hard
Universities hit out at challenge to their role in Lamy’s report on FP9 and the future shape of R&D funding
Universities are worried that the call from former WTO chief Pascal Lamy for them to nurture more start-up founders and digitise faster puts their broader contributions to society, culture and the economy at risk of being sidelined
European Innovation Council will trial blended finance, crowdfunding competitions
New details of long-awaited Council emerge in draft work programme
With report in hand, Moedas aims for a win in budget talks
EU research commissioner hopes study by former WTO head can help persuade Commission colleagues, member-states to boost research spending
Cybersecurity, data exchange rules to top Estonian presidency agenda
EU leadership role an opportunity for Tallinn to boost its status as the bloc’s most technology-enabled member
Focus will shift to security and greening the economy in last three years of Horizon 2020
EU research chief Robert-Jan Smits talks about the priorities for 2018 – 2020, getting the European Innovation Council off the ground and the changes coming in Framework Programme 9
Commission vice president calls for EU to spend more on research
Comments by Jyrki Katainen at Science|Business conference highlight coming budget battle among researchers, farmers and other EU constituents
Lighten up! Research leader wants less bureaucracy in EU programmes
Horizon 2020’s system of rigid calls and heavy auditing discourages high-risk, high-impact projects, says Ángeles Rodriguez-Peña, as she bows out as head of COST
A tale of two futures: planning the next Framework Programme
A new EU report looks to the 2030s, spelling out how research and innovation could make the future brighter
For innovation with impact, the next Framework Programme must fully engage industry
Large companies are essential for exploiting the results of EU-funded research and delivering the innovation that Europe so desperately needs. They should continue to be funded in FP9, says Jan van den Biesen
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
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EU chemical industry FP9 wish list: innovation ecosystems, manufacturing and impact
The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has published its thought paper on the EU’s upcoming framework programme
The European Research Council: Scale us up!
The Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC), the EU’s body funding individual researchers in frontier research, has laid out its argument for a larger slice of EU funding. They use their 10-year track record to argue for a doubling in funds in the next Framework Programme
European University Association: Should the next Framework budget approach €200 billion?
The European University Association (EUA), an organisation of universities and national rectors’ conferences from 47 European countries, has called for ambitious...
European associations: 10 Commandments for European research
Some of the biggest European university and research associations have come together to call on the European Union to follow their 10 recommendations for European research: the Coimbra Group, the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH), the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA), the European University Association (EUA), the League of European Research Universities (LERU), The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities and The Leiden Group.
Orgalime: Make Engineering European Again
Orgalime, an association of European engineering industries, has called for an ambitious next Framework Programme (FP9), refocussing on European engineering to attract further research and investment into the sector.
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Research Strategies: Europe 2030 and the next Framework Programme
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