The push to set up a European Research Council (ERC) gathered momentum at a press conference in Brussels today (October 8), where EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin expressed firm support in principle. One crucial aspect of debate, however, remains the source of funding for the ERC.

“I warmly welcome the intense debate on a European Research Council,” Busquin said. “Supporting basic research at European level is more than ever a decisive factor for our competitiveness. The commission has decided, with the full support of European research ministers, to come forward with a report before the end of this year. It will clearly set out why more support to basic research is needed in Europe and… will strive to clarify the concepts and provide a roadmap and options to make a reality of the European Research Council."

Six European Nobel Laureates joined the commissioner at the press conference, representing a group...

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