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New data published by Eurostat shows that in 2013 EU Member States spent EUR 273 billion on research and development (R&D). R&D intensity, which is the R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP, has sensibly grown over the past decade and stood at 2.02% in the EU in 2013, compared with 1.76% in 2004. An increase in R&D intensity in the EU is one of the five main targets of the Union's growth strategy.
Source: EUREKA, Eurostat
The European Research Council (ERC) has selected 328 first-class scientists to receive its prestigious Starting Grants, worth up to EUR 2 million each.
At the fifth meeting of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), held on 22 October, one of the main items of discussion was the 5th S&T Basic Plan.
Carlos Manuel Félix Moedas is the new European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
In February, the CONCERT-Japan Transnational Call on Photonic Manufacturing was announced.
A MEXT-led investigation revealed in November that 154 staff from 47 universities and research institutions are guilty of illegally pooling research funds amounting to a total of JPY 575 million (before 2011). In principle, public research funds that are left unused at the end of the fiscal year should be returned to the national government. However, in order to continue research without any interruptions during the transition, some researchers have resorted to illegal pooling of funds. Earlier this year, MEXT requested all universities to work harder on preventing misconducts (see ELJ September Newsletter).
Source: Nikkei (Japanese only)
Japan’s National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) released a study of papers co-authored by Japanese company researchers in 2003-2009: “International Collaborative Research with Foreign Universities by Japanese Firms - a Bibliometric Analysis.”
The European Research Council (ERC)’s mission is to encourage the highest quality of research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.
Being 'bottom-up' in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. It is a highly competitive funding scheme (10% success rate on average for Starting and Consolidator grants, 14% for Advanced grants).
Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for a European Research Council (ERC) grant to come to Europe and conduct research (for at least 50% of their working time). Currently, over 300 ERC grantees out of nearly 4,000 are non-Europeans. Research teams set up by ERC grantees are highly international – an estimated 20% of team members are non-Europeans.
Open Calls: ERC Starting Grant (deadline 4 February 2015)
ERC Proof of Concept Grant (deadline 6 February 2015)
ERC Consolidator Grant (deadline 13 March 2015)
As of January 2014, with the move to Horizon 2020, the Marie Curie Actions are now called the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA).
Access all open calls on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal.
The HSFP is a program of funding for frontier research in the life sciences. It is implemented by the HFSP Organization, of which the EU, several of its Member States, and Japan among others are Supporting Parties.