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Some support for EU funding for US researchers

INSERM director general favors projects that could benefit EU, and encourage collaborations

Stephen Pincock
A proposal to consider allowing US researchers to be able to apply for funding from the European Union has the support of at least one major player in European research funding.Speaking to The Scientist on Friday (April 20), Christian Bréchot, director general of the French agency INSERM, applauded a proposal to discuss the idea at this week's meeting of the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC) by Liselotte Højgaard, chair of the EMRC's standing committee. "It is excellent that Liselotte Højgaard brings these issues to the partners of EMRC," Bréchot said. "In this way, EMRC is really acting in the correct position, as a kind of think tank to help the European Commission make good decisions." Bréchot said that in his personal opinion, some US researchers should be able to apply for EU funds. "It should be restricted, however, to projects that will lead to exchanges between US and...

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