On 15 June, the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) published its position paper, highlighting the importance of multidisciplinary, bottom-up, open and inclusive networks, pleading for sufficient funding post Horizon 2020.
Investment in research and innovation is key for the EU to realise its ambition of becoming a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy and to contribute to the well-being of society. Therefore, EU policy makers should attribute a significant share of the EU budget to the next Framework Programme, currently under development.
In this paper, COST Senior Officials highlight the importance of transdisciplinary bottom-up networks as impactful tools to bridge the innovation divide in Europe and to provide opportunities for younger generations.
Exchange with senior researchers help younger researchers to broaden their knowledge beyond their own scientific discipline and to develop new skills crucial for their scientific careers.
The position paper is available for download here.