Category Archives: Policy

€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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SINGAPORE CREATES S$1 BILLION INNOVATION FUND

Singapore is creating a S$1 billion (€657 million) fund to help innovative companies develop their businesses and expand overseas as part of the city state’s drive to boost economic growth. The Makara Innovation Fund – a collaboration between the Intellectual Property Office … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION ANNOUNCES SCHEME FOR DIGITAL INTERNSHIPS

In a move to combat high levels of youth unemployment (there are two million job vacancies in Europe) and the mismatch in many countries between the skills of the job seeker and the needs of the labour market, the European … Continue reading

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UNITARY PATENT ON TARGET FOR THIS YEAR, DESPITE BREXIT

The European Patent Office announced this month that the long-awaited EU patent will be launched this year and that the court responsible for enforcing the Unitary Patent would be ready to operate by 1 December. The Unified Patent court is … Continue reading

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COMMISSION ADOPTS NEW RULES FOR FUNDING SALARIES IN H2020 GRANTS

Often criticised as a source of unfair treatment for some of the EU28’s researchers, the Commission has recently adjusted the salary concept in the H2020 Model Grant Agreement. According to a new, broader definition, some of the top-up bonuses that … Continue reading

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RESEARCH SPENDING AND INNOVATION OUTPUTS IN EU MEMBER STATES NOT ON TARGET

The EU’s target for member states to invest 3% of GDP in research is not going to happen by 2020, according to the latest assessment by the European Commission. The European Semester, the EU’s annual analysis of the economic and … Continue reading

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