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Research, funding: rich pickings for European food researchers

The European Commission’s sixth framework programme (FP6) has reaped a bumper crop of food quality and safety research projects worth over €150 million in 2003.

The European Commission has approved 24 research projects and 12 support actions worth €166 million in the fields of food quality and safety in the first year of the four-year FP6 programme. This batch of projects is the first to receive EU funding under FP6’s fifth thematic priority: ‘food quality and safety’. “In Europe, we are proud of the quality of food we produce,” said Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin, noting that this involved a constant quest for improvement. “Through our European research programmes, we give our top scientists and companies the necessary resources to improve the food we eat and its effects on our health and well-being,” he added. The Commissioner expressed his pleasure at the volume of interest scientists had shown in this element of FP6 and the quality of the proposals they had submitted. “I am encouraged by the great response we [have been getting] from our researchers across Europe to work together to increase our knowledge about our food and to make it even better and safer,” Busquin said.

Getting in the frame
Between the launch of the call for proposals in December and its close in April, the Commission received 200 project applications worth nearly €1.4 billion. Independent experts under the supervision of the Commission prepared a shortlist of projects. “Due to the overwhelming number of high quality proposals and a limited budget, a number of topics could not be covered and some of these might be re-introduced into the work programme for 2004,” a Commission statement said. The fifth thematic priority has been earmarked €685 million over the four-year duration of the framework programme. Running until 2006, FP6 has a total budget of close to €18 billion.

Source: EU and external sources
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