×
ECR

Breakthrough on long-term research funding

25 June 2013

Breakthrough on long-term research funding

After months of discussions an agreement was reached today on the EU’s next seven year funding programme for science and research.

After months of discussions an agreement was reached today on the EU’s next seven year funding programme for science and research.

The so-called Horizon 2020 package will have a budget of around £60bn for projects over the next seven years.

MEP Vicky Ford was the ECR Group’s negotiator on the deal. She has welcomed the eventual outcome of the protracted talks.

Horizon 2020 will focus funding in three separate pillars: excellence in largely academic-based blue-sky research, supporting industrial companies in innovative areas and finally addressing the so called societal “grand” challenges which include food and energy security, climate change and demographic changes. Some 20 per cent of the funding should go towards small and medium sized businesses and there will be a new financial instrument specifically dedicated to funding innovation.

EU research programmes have a reputation for complex bureaucracy and red tape. Mrs Ford has been gathering evidence and suggestions for reforms for the past three years and tabled many amendments to the legislation to simplify the paperwork and application processes, particularly important for improving the participation of small businesses.

These changes include shortening timetables for awarding grants and receiving payments, introducing a clearer complaints procedure and improving communication between participants. Mrs Ford has also been adamant that grants should be awarded on the basis of excellence in order to ensure that funding goes to those who put forward the best case.

She said: “Science and research is critical to maintaining innovation thus driving growth and creating jobs. Recent studies have shown that scientific research which is the result of international collaboration tends to have a greater impact. We should focus the EU budget on areas where it does add value.

“Other MEPs should stop the institutional infighting over the EU budget, lead not by policy but purely by their constant pursuit of more money and more power. They need to get behind the deal agreed by national governments otherwise we risk holding back our scientists and businesses at such a crucial time.”

SHARE

ECR

OUR TWEETS

ECR Group

5 hours ago

The EU-Singapore trade agreement comes into force today. The deal will boost investment, remove customs duties & im… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

yesterday

Today is #WorldChildrensDay which aims to support children's welfare across the globe and to provide them with a be… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

yesterday

'We are not ready for the challenge of an ageing population, climate and digital transformation...' from… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

2 days ago

Delighted Commissioner @GabrielMariya & Commissioner-designate @jwojc⁦ could join us for our event on the challenge… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

3 days ago

Congratulations to all Latvians celebrating the 101st year of independence! 🇱🇻 Sveicam visus Latvijas patriotus jū… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Party

4 days ago

On this day 30 years ago: Czechs and Slovaks took to the streets demanding the end of authoritarian communism. To… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Jan Zahradil

4 days ago

Bank holiday today in #CzechRepublic. 80 years ago, November 17, 1939: big rally in Prague against Nazi occupation.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Jan Zahradil

5 days ago

Last night in #Prague: tribute to Sir @Roger_Scruton for his support of Czechoslovak dissent before 1989. Awarded M… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Poland in the EU

7 days ago

We hosted today a debate on terrorist content online regulation in partnership with @ZPP_EU. Our keynote speakers… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

6 days ago

ECR will always work for a free market economy and against protectionist policies. MEP @robertszile grilling Transp… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…





© 2018. All rights reserved. European Conservatives and Reformists Group