Kumardev Chatterjee - In your experience what are the benefits of participating in EU research projects?
The main benefit is, number one - and it has to be said without any hesitation - the amount of funding. There is no way that you can get equivalent amount of funding with the amount of freedom that you have in terms of sharing your results and the openness around that, in any other corporate or any other scheme in Europe today, and certainly not at local or regional levels. But perhaps, the softer, but more significant benefit, is that you get to work with researchers from other countries. And so, not only do you achieve excellence in research, you foster a sense of European citizenship. That is something that is a huge benefit of the European programs. So today, we talk a lot about euroskepticism in different countries, but among the research communities, the scientific communities you see very little of that, in fact.
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