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Commission welcomes EU Member States' adoption of Horizon 2020
The European Commission today welcomed the adoption by EU Member States of Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme. With a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion euro over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide.
Horizon 2020 – the EU's new research and innovation programme
A number of priorities will be addressed across and within all three pillars of Horizon 2020. These include gender equality and the gender dimension in research; social and economic sciences and humanities; international cooperation; and fostering the functioning and achievement of the European Research Area and Innovation Union, as well as contributing to other Europe 2020 flagships (e.g. the Digital Agenda).
Monday, 02 December 2013
New report shows Europe needs more strategic high-tech investment
Europe remains a main knowledge production centre of the world, but lags behind North America and Asia in fast-growing technologies of the future. This is a key conclusion of the latest Innovation Union Competitiveness Report published today. While Europe continues to lead science and technology for aeronautics, automobiles, clean transport, waste management and renewable energy, the report shows that it risks falling behind in other emerging global growth markets such as health and biotechnology.
Friday, 29 November 2013
EU and Africa to forge research and innovation partnership on food security
The European Union and Africa should work towards a long term, jointly-funded research and innovation partnership to promote food and nutrition security as a first priority, senior officials agreed at talks in Brussels today. The meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation was called to review cooperation and set new priorities ahead of the EU-Africa Summit 2014. The new partnership could be inspired by the achievements of the successful European and Developing Countries' Clinical Trials Partnership.
European Commission awards EU legal status to four research infrastructures
The European Commission has awarded the 'European Research Infrastructure Consortium status' (ERIC status) to four consortia in the fields of health and social sciences research. The decision simplifies their management procedures and allows for further advancement of their research.
Friday, 22 November 2013
Launch of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014
The 'EU-Russia Year of Science 2014' will be officially launched at an event in Moscow on November 25. Its purpose is to celebrate and promote the vibrant and multifaceted scientific and technological cooperation between the two partners. In the course of twelve months, a rich programme of events and initiatives across Russia and the EU will highlight joint achievements, successes, and the strong potential for future cooperation in research, innovation and higher education. Involving scientists, research organisations, innovators, enterprises and the wider public, the EU-Russia Year of Science will build on the longstanding and fruitful cooperation between the EU and Russia in this area.
Horizon 2020: Experts wanted for biggest EU research programme yet
Ahead of the start of Horizon 2020, the new EU research and innovation programme, the European Commission has today launched a new call for independent experts. Experts are needed to evaluate proposals for EU funding and for other activities such as monitoring, programme evaluation and policy development.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
EU, China to cooperate on food, agriculture and biotechnology research
The EU and China have launched today the first EU-China flagship initiative for research and innovation with the signature of a Letter of Intent on Research and Innovation Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology (FAB) between the European Commission and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). This new initiative will ensure concrete, substantial and balanced joint research and innovation cooperation activities on selected priorities of common interest. It was announced during the 1st EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue.
Horizon 2020 approval by Parliament a boost for European research and innovation
The European Commission today welcomed the European Parliament's adoption of Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme. With a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion1 euro over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide. It is also one of only very few programmes in the next EU budget to see a strong increase in funding – a nearly 30 per cent jump in real terms over the current Seventh Framework Programme. EU Member States must now give their final seal of approval ahead of the first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, currently set for 11th December.
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Nearly €80 billion for Horizon 2020 in EU budget
The European Parliament has today given its consent to the EU budget 2014-2020. The budget as agreed includes nearly €80 billion for Horizon 2020, the EU's next research and innovation programme. This is a real increase of nearly 30% over the current framework programme, FP7.
Monday, 18 November 2013
VW tops global R&D ranking, but EU companies put in mixed performance
For the first time since 2004, an EU company – the German carmaker Volkswagen – is the world’s largest private sector R&D investor. Volkswagen tops the European Commission's 2013 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard with an investment of €9.5bn in 2012. Overall, EU-based firms (527 companies) stepped up R&D investment by 6.3%, just above the average of the 2000 firms in the Scoreboard (+6.2%). However, like last year they lagged behind their US counterparts (+8.2%). EU companies also showed a mixed performance depending on the sector, with strong R&D growth in some but stagnation or decline elsewhere. EU Scoreboard companies surveyed expect to increase their R&D investments by 2.6 % on average per year for the period 2013-2015, a fall in expectations over the previous year.
EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard 2013
The European Commission has today published its 2013 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard. The Scoreboard is based on a sample of 2,000 companies, the world's top investors in Research and Development (R&D) representing more than 90% of the total expenditure on R&D by businesses worldwide. Leading world R&D investors have continued to increase their R&D investments by 6.2% in 2012, a figure above their net sales growth (4.2%). The 527 EU companies increased R&D investment and net sales by the significant figures of 6.3 % and 4.3 % respectively. The 658 US companies reported a higher increase in R&D (8.2 %) but net sales grew only by 2.9 %, compared with a strong increase in 2011.
Friday, 15 November 2013
European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2013: EU steps up its fight against drug-resistant bacteria
A survey1 published by the European Commission today reveals a decrease in antibiotic use in humans since 2009 and growing public awareness that antibiotics do not kill viruses. However, this positive news is overshadowed by data released in parallel by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showing a marked increase in Europe of multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria resistant to the carbapenems – last-line antibiotics used to treat healthcare associated infections. The Commission is therefore stepping up the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the funding of 15 new research projects MEMO/13/996) and harmonised rules on the collection of data on AMR linked to animals and food (MEMO/13/994).
Thursday, 14 November 2013
EU-wide poll shows public support for responsible research and innovation
A new Eurobarometer survey shows that more than three quarters (77%) of Europeans think that science and technology has a positive influence on society. Respondents however also express concern over risks from new technologies, such as to human health and the environment. They want research and innovation to be carried out with due attention to ethical principles (76%), gender balance (84%), and public dialogue (55%). Similar to results of earlier Eurobarometer surveys, more than half of all Europeans are interested in developments in science and technology (53%), but a majority do not feel informed enough (58%).
Monday, 11 November 2013
EATRIS: bridging the gap between medical research and clinical applications
A key infrastructure helping to turn biomedical research into useful therapies will be given a prestigious EU legal status tomorrow. The European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine, or EATRIS-ERIC, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will accelerate the development process for drugs and diagnostics with an unmet medical need, helping raise the quality of life for Europeans.
Tuesday, 05 November 2013
Research and Innovation: Horizon 2020 expert advisory groups appointed
The European Commission has appointed the 15 groups of independent experts to advise on priorities for Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme. The advisory groups are the most diverse yet, drawing on public, private and civil society sources. Nearly 40% of their members have not advised on previous EU research programmes, ensuring a 'fresh approach' in the new programme. Advisory groups have also for the first time overcome the underrepresentation of women, with female participation averaging 52% across the groups. The diverse composition of the groups will help in deciding how EU-funded research and innovation can help address major concerns for Europe, such as providing better healthcare and clean, efficient energy.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
€40 million for new EU research on resource efficiency
The European Commission has approved funding for 14 new research projects to shape a more resource-efficient economy in Europe. The projects, which involve the collaboration of over 140 partners from research organisations and private companies, will tackle the challenges of recycling waste materials from manufactured products and the agricultural sector to improve the quality of the environment and save money. Each project addresses a key issue such reusing discarded automobile tyres, recovering key elements from batteries, producing green fertiliser from animal waste, and generating renewable clean energy from food and plant waste.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn welcomes Hefei Statement on Research Universities
European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has today welcomed a statement from organisations representing many of the world's leading research universities. The 'Hefei Statement on the ten characteristics of contemporary research universities' sets out how and why research universities fulfil their long-term mission in research and education.
Tuesday, 08 October 2013
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn congratulates winners of Nobel Prize in Physics
European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has today congratulated Belgian physicist François Englert and British physicist Peter W. Higgs for winning the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. They received the prize for 'for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.'
Friday, 04 October 2013
Commissioner's speech: Presentation on Horizon 2020 at the Launching event for Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is a totally new type of research programme for the EU, and it is designed to deliver results that make a difference in people's lives. With more than 70 billion euro over seven years, it is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the biggest worldwide. It is the only major programme in the EU’s new budget that sees an increase in resources.