Research, Innovation and Science

Research and innovation - simpler funding and roadmap towards the new programme

Commissioner announces simpler funding and roadmap towards the future of European Research and Innovation Funding - Brussels, 24 January 2011 - © European Union, 2011
"The three changes we are announcing today will save millions of euro and deliver better value for taxpayers' money. They will feed into better research results and lead to new products and services."


Opening remarks at the Commission midday press conference
Brussels, BERL Press Room, 24 January 2011

I pledged on my first day in office to cut the red tape which hinders our Research Framework Programmes and holds back Europe's research and innovation capacity. Today, with my colleagues, I am delivering the first steps.

The Framework Programmes have been a big success, as the recent independent evaluation confirmed.

But the report also said we need more simplification.

Let me put it more starkly. We need to replace Kafka with common sense. We need to send red tape to the shredder. We need simple and clear rules, consistently and rigorously applied.

The three changes we are announcing today will save millions of euro and deliver better value for taxpayers' money. They will feed into better research results and lead to new products and services. So it is a big contribution to the Innovation Union and to the Europe 2020 Strategy.

First, we are removing rules requiring many participants to set up entire parallel accounting systems purely to deal with claiming back the costs for staff working on FP7 projects. They will now be able to use their usual accounting practices and systems and make simpler claims. And they will no longer need to pay thousands of euro to provide certificates setting out how they calculate staff costs.

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