Volume 16 | Issue 13 | 40 | Jun. 24, 2002

Playing the EU Funding Game

They've got the money; you've got the need. Here's how to align your interest with the bureaucrats in Brussels | By Sam Jaffe

Image: Marlene J. Viola

Protests against McDonalds and high tariffs against Hollywood movies suggest that Europe fights hard to defend its traditions and heritage against US cultural assaults. But the Old World nations would love to imitate the States in one area: science funding. Institutions like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation allow scientists in the United States to dominate global research.

To give European scientists a better edge, the Sixth Framework Programme, a four-year project of the European Union, will provide ¤17.5 billion for research throughout the 15-state EU. Of that total, at least ¤2.3 billion have been set aside for life sciences...

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