Representatives of Europe's national medical research councils are planning to discuss next week the possibility of letting US scientists apply for European research funding, in the same way that European researchers can receive funding from the US National Institutes of Health.Liselotte Højgaard, chair of the standing committee of the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC) told The Scientist that during the organization's annual meeting in Stockholm next week, members would discuss a potential white paper on clinical trials in Europe.One item that might make it into that white paper is the idea of levelling the playing field for US researchers in terms of EU funding, she said. "In my personal opinion the current situation is utterly unfair. I know that I have personally applied for NIH funding [in the past] and have really appreciated it."Under current arrangements, researchers from outside the US can apply for NIH funding. The...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!