EU Seeks $100 Billion for Research

In the midst of the continent’s economic troubles, the European Commission is pushing for a big rise in science funding.

Tia Ghose
Nov 30, 2011

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Despite a chaotic European economy, the European Commission has proposed a budget of 80 billion Euro (US$106 billion) for the years 2014 to 2020, up from 50.5 billion Euro for 2007 to 2013. The funding bump would be part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding plan, and is aimed at keeping Europe competitive, both scientifically and economically, commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said when the proposed budget was unveiled this week.

The proposed budget also calls for the European Research Commission to receive a 77 percent rise in research funding, to 13.2 billion Euro ($17.5 billion), and for projects under the “excellent research” plan, which funds emerging technologies and career development for EU researchers, to receive 24.6 billion Euro ($33 billion) total, Nature reported.

The European Institute of Technology in Budapest, which fosters industrial research, would also see big gains in funding if the budget is approved. The...

 

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