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.
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.
Industry is urging member states to reflect major research challenges linked to energy, health and environment in all policies, as research policy is currently "running its own show", said Leif Kjaergaard of BusinessEurope.
Any country is free to join the European research infrastructure projects and any scientist can access them, once they are operational. The perfect incentive for "foreign brains" to come to Europe, says John Wood in an interview with EURACTIV.com.