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Economy & Jobs 18-01-2018

Europe needs more money for research, here’s where to get it

The lack of funding needed to achieve Europe's widely advertised ambitions for global excellence in research and innovation should be addressed in discussing Horizon 2020’s successor. Understanding the challenge and where the money could realistically come from is key, writes Thomas Estermann.

UK scientists announce ‘stay in EU’ campaign

A campaign backed by more than 6,000 British scientists to stay in the European Union was launched on Friday (9 October), ahead of a British referendum due on the issue by 2017.

Member states blame the Commission for being shortsighted in research

Under Jean-Claude Juncker's leadership, the European Commission promised to deliver 'smart' growth and new jobs to regain the European citizens’ trust.
Professor Miguel Seabra

Europe deserves a better European Research Area policy

As the EU Member States and the European Commission are hard at work reviewing the European Research Area (ERA) policy and defining a new ‘ERA Roadmap’, it's time to take a new approach, writes Miguel Seabra.
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Economy & Jobs 30-09-2014

Moedas: Cutting red tape on research projects is key

In his confirmation hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, Portuguese Commissioner-designate for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas pledged to strengthen the “framework conditions” for research and innovation at European level in order to “develop the full potential of European science and innovation”.
EU Priorities 2020 30-09-2014

Moedas makes impassioned plea for Europe, science and research

Carlos Moedas, the Portuguese Commissioner-designate for Research, Science and Innovation, sailed through his confirmation hearing in the European Parliament today (30 September), sweeping aside criticism that he helped implement one of the toughest austerity programmes during the eurozone crisis.

European Research Area re-launched, again

The European Commission will today launch "the largest ever European consultation on science and research" in its third major drive to create a European Research Area (ERA), more than a decade after the idea first surfaced in 2000.

Top researchers fear ‘radical shift’ in EU policy

Scientists at Europe's leading research universities have expressed concern over the growing trend towards linking EU funding with pre-defined outcomes. Researchers fear political priorities will curb their scope for creativity and free thinking.

European Research Council slams EU bureaucracy

The work of Europe's scientific funding body has been marred by ongoing tensions with the European Commission and "stupid" bureaucratic rules, agency representatives have told MEPs.

Innovation ambassador: US reaping benefits of Europe’s R&D spending

Europe is failing to capitalise on its investment in education and science because bright young researchers still see the US as the best place to further their career, according to Czech scientist Blanka ?íhová, ambassador of the 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation.

EU attracting biobank research from US

The Netherlands and Luxembourg are battling to become the world's biobank research hub, as Europe begins to attract multi-million euro research projects from the US and beyond.

EU research networks slowly die away

Most networks of excellence fall apart once EU funding dries up, according to a damning report by the European Court of Auditors. Billions of euros in European funding has been pumped into research networks in the hope that they will live on after funding expires, but very few are self-sustaining, it said.

Experts slam EU’s ‘fractured’ research policy

An expert group established to advise the EU executive has criticised European research policy for being driven by national concerns rather than community spirit.

EU R&D funding agency overwhelmed with applications

Four out of five small firms applying for European research funding are turned down, but participation rates are on the rise, Graham Stroud, director of the newly-established Research Executive Agency, told EURACTIV in an interview.
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Research agency: Competition for SME funds is ‘fierce’

Four out of five small firms applying for European research funding are turned down, but participation rates are on the rise, Graham Stroud, director of the newly-established Research Executive Agency (REA), told EURACTIV in an interview.

EU sees China and India leading R&D by 2025

Asian economies could overtake Europe and the United States to become world leaders in research, according to an EU taskforce charged with predicting emerging trends over the coming two decades.

EU ‘biobank’ first to benefit from VAT exemption

A pan-European biobanking initiative looks set to become the first research consortium to benefit from VAT-free status under a new regulation agreed by EU leaders in May.

Experts give European Research Council passing grade

Europe's fledgling scientific funding body is on the right track but has major organisational flaws which threaten its long-term viability, according to a no-nonsense analysis by a panel of experts. 

Biomedical research faced with ‘bottleneck’

The development of new drugs is slowing to a temporary standstill, according to medical research experts, who say harmonising Europe's fragmented network of biobanks could help unclog the bottleneck.

The Swedish Presidency’s R&D priorities: And the winner is…

The Swedish EU Presidency should advance Europe's R&D agenda via a regional-based approach, argues Claus Schultze, director of the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), in a post on Blogactiv.

EIT launches first call for proposal

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has invited applications for its first Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs). The move is designed to foster partnerships between business and academia, and should create new business for large companies, SMEs and start-ups.

Turkey calls for free movement of scientists

Scientists should be free to move between the EU and Turkey, according to Turkish Minister of State Mehmet Aydin.

Low R&D budgets ‘threaten EU competitiveness’

An EU initiative to create a common research area has helped to make the Union more attractive for foreign scientists, but spending on science and research is still far too low for the bloc to catch up with the US or Japan, according to a new study.

Report: EU citizens keen to boost R&D investment

Scientists in Europe can count on citizens' support for sustained investment in research and development amid fears that the ongoing economic crisis may lead to cuts, a new survey revealed last week.