FP9: Top Stories
Experts call for ‘people before projects’ revamp of EU research programme
New report from influential group recommends ditching large-scale projects in favour of funding outstanding individual researchers, getting rid of submission deadlines and awarding smaller grants to make the pie go further
As the EU celebrates reaching 60, research seen as central to its future
EU leaders stressed the importance of technology and innovation in a birthday declaration signed in Rome. Now there is optimistic talk of €100B for the next Framework programme, but Brexit could be a dampener
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

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Viewpoints
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
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
FP9: Special Coverage

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Research Strategies: The next Framework Programme
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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.
Norway: Refine FP9 to drive a global green shift
The Norwegian government has come up with five key principles it believes the next Framework programme should adhere to: excellence, impact, openness, simplicity and European added value
Events
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.
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