A bold attempt to streamline research

Posted in Research on December 4th, 2011 by steve

“So the European Commission has finally adopted its proposals for the Horizon 2020 research programme running from 2014-20. But apart from giving a new name to the European Union’s eighth research framework programme, what is new? …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 4 December]

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EU plans €7bn for research

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2011 by steve

“Last week the European Commission announced a budget of €7 billion for research in 2012. This is the largest in the world bar the US National Institutes for Health and Nasa. This fund is part of the Seventh Framework Programme running from 2007 to 2014. Its successor, named Horizon 2020, has a proposed budget of €80 billion, the only major area for increase in the EC budget after 2014 …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Plan for one million new research jobs

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2011 by steve

“European Union Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is planning to create one million jobs in research and innovation in Horizon 2020, the next seven-year research programme. The announcement came as a new report revealed that Europe’s investment in research and innovation has been outstripped by its competitors – including the US, Japan, Russia, China, and India – since the mid-1990s …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 10 July]

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Commission proposes €80bn for next Framework Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2011 by steve

“The next Framework Programme will be worth €80.2 billion if the European Commission gets its way, the proposal for the 2014-2020 Commission budget has shown. This would signify a 46% increase on the budget of Framework 7, which runs from 2007 to 2013 and is worth about €56bn …” (more)

[Inga Vesper, Research Blogs, 30 June]

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New name for EU ‘FP8’

Posted in Research on June 26th, 2011 by steve

“After seven Framework Programmes with a purpose that is hard to understand without the usually omitted additional phrase ‘for research, technological development’, the European Commission has sought to clarify the name of its support programme for European research and technology. The new name, Horizon 2020, is hardly more informative, but at least it was chosen by popular vote …” (more)

[Ard Jongsma, University World News, 26 June]

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Europe Asks Researchers for Funding Ideas

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2011 by steve

“The European Commission is asking for help designing – and renaming – its next research and innovation funding program. The current program, Framework Programme 7, will spend €53.3 billion over 7 years before it ends in 2013. The next program is due to start that year …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, Science Insider, 9 February]

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Norway and Switzerland fight FP8 budget hike

Posted in Research on January 29th, 2011 by steve

“Norway and Switzerland are opposing a budget increase for the next Framework Programme, which starts in 2014, fearing that their contribution to its costs could grow out of all proportion. Both countries are outside the EU and would have to pay significantly more towards Framework 8 than previous Framework Programmes if its budget increases …” (more)

[Inga Vesper and John Fogarty, Research, 25 January]

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Another threat to the humanities and social sciences?

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2010 by steve

“A group of scholars at the Freie Universität in Berlin is distributing via E-mail and their website alarming information about downsizing of the EU research funding in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The EU is currently drawing up its 8th framework program, in which it decides how to allocate its money …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 13 December]

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Sweden aims for research reforms

Posted in Research on July 5th, 2009 by steve

EU“The Swedish Presidency of the European Union took effect last Wednesday and major reforms are likely in the way research is organised in the European Union, notably in the foundation for a Framework Programme 8 that could differ from its forerunners. Background material for the Lund Conference this week regarding the EU’s research and innovation policy includes a 50-page memo deriving from four high-level workshops arranged by the Swedes during February and March. The discussion draft, New World – New Solutions: Research and innovation as basis for developing Europe in a global context, focuses on how the EU should respond to economic, social, cultural and other challenges or ‘even shocks’ in the future …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 5 July]

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