Category Archives: Policy

INTRODUCING HORIZON EUROPE, SUCCESSOR TO HORIZON 2020

As reported on 24 April in Science|Business, the secret is out: European Commission officials are pitching Horizon Europe as the name for the next framework programme for research and innovation. Although not yet confirmed, the name appears in draft Commission … Continue reading

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EU COUNCIL AND PARLIAMENT AGREE TO SIMPLIFICATION OF COHESION FUND RULES

Rules on the so-called Omnibus regulation on EU financial rules, including Cohesion policy, will be simplified, whether they are managed by the Commission, by various organisations and bodies, or jointly with national authorities. The European Parliament is now expected to approve … Continue reading

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EVOLUTION – NOT REVOLUTION – IS THE HALLMARK OF FP9

In his first press briefing on 27 March since taking up the post of EU Director General for Research and Innovation, Jean-Eric Paquet announced his strategy for a more “joined-up process” in planning the next Framework Programme by working more … Continue reading

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EU REPORT: “WE ARE AT A TIPPING POINT” IN TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

“We are at a tipping point” in technological development, was a phrase used by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, at a Brussels conference on 20 February which offered a public platform to launch the conclusions of a … Continue reading

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FP9 SCIENCE-BASED MISSIONS TAKE SHAPE

This month the European Commission made public information on how it intends to scope and select the research missions that will form the new ambitious approach to innovation in Framework Programme 9. According to Mariana Mazzucato, Director of University College … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION AGREES TO AVOID BUDGET CUTS TO FP9

The European Commission is currently discussing the EU’s next multi-annual budget for the period 2021-2027 against a  backdrop of Brexit and a future loss of €12 billion in the shape of the UK’s annual contribution. Nevertheless, according to the EU … Continue reading

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EUROPE IS BACK: ACCELERATING BREAKTHROUGH INNOVATION

The independent High-Level Group of Innovators advising the European Commission has published its recommendations on how a European Innovation Council (EIC) should fund and nurture breakthrough innovation from start-up to scale-up. In their report, entitled ‘Europe is back: Accelerating breakthrough … Continue reading

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