“Thinking European is vital in making 'research to retail' happen. Since 2002 over €1,7 billion has been spent by programme managers and owners investing jointly in coordinated research across borders. Such jointly-funded research also improves our quality of life and demonstrates the effectiveness of working together.
Take infectious diseases. They don't respect national boundaries so neither should we in our efforts to tackle them! Thanks to the work by EU funded researchers, some 287 genes have been uncovered as being involved in the spread of viruses. Important research, especially when we remember the recent risks of diseases like swine flu (H1N1) and bird flu (H5N1). Through funding from the ERA-NET Pathogenomics project these researchers are working together to find ways of protecting us from any future possible pandemics.�?
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science