Category Archives: Policy

FOCUS ON SECURITY AND GREENING THE ECONOMY IN LAST 3 YEARS OF H2020

The priorities for the remaining years of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme are security, the circular and low-carbon economy, boosting international collaboration and getting the European Innovation Council up and running, according to Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission director general … Continue reading

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UNIFIED PATENT COURT TO REMAIN IN LONDON FOR NOW

The EU’s new Unified Patent Court, which is due to start operating early next year, will remain in London inspite of Brexit, although its longer term future will depend on the outcome of the divorce talks. Its role will be … Continue reading

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EVALUATION OF RESPONSE TO FAST TRACK TO INNOVATION PILOT CALL

An assessment of the first year (2015) response to the Fast Track to Innovation pilot call has been published which is for the main part very positive. The authors conclude that the pilot showed an intrinsic value from having successfully … Continue reading

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EXPERTS RECOMMEND PUTTING PEOPLE BEFORE PROJECTS IN FP9

Extract from an article published by ScienceBusiness.net EU research programmes should fund individuals rather than large teams, scrap submission deadlines and award smaller grants, says a new analysis by RISE, an expert group which advises the European Commission on research … Continue reading

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HORIZON 2020’S HALF-TIME SCORE

Participants and Member State governments have given their views on the EU’s R&D programme Horizon 2020 to date, reported Éanna Kelly of Science|Business. The verdict: good, but in need of several big mid-course adjustments. Low success rates, lengthy proposals and … Continue reading

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€50 MILLION OF H2020 TOP-UP EARMARKED FOR EUROPEAN INNOVATION COUNCIL

The European Innovation Council (EIC) will receive €50 million of an extra €200 million expected to be awarded to the EU Horizon 2020 research programme. The increase was approved by MEPs in early April, as part of a review of … Continue reading

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REMOVING THE RISK OF A POST-BREXIT BRAIN DRAIN

Members of a UK House of Commons committee have published a report calling on the government to act now to remove uncertainty around the future of EU students and staff at Britain’s universities which could damage their world class reputation … Continue reading

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