Cuts to the EU research budget could mean Europe loses out on an entire generation of researchers, warned Lidia Borrell-Damián, and compromises the future of research itself.
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In the context of academic freedom and the Bonn Declaration, Marc Schiltz, Science Europe President, is quoted in Science|Business highlighting the struggles that researchers face today even within the European Union
Science Europe President Marc Schiltz stresses to Research Professional in the context of the Bonn declaration that “academic freedom is of utmost importance for democratic societies to continue building Europe’s resilience.”
“The negotiations are going to be tough,” highlights Lidia Borrell-Damián, Science Europe Secretary General, to Research Professional in an article on the 2021-27 EU budget.
Portugal and Slovenia outlined their plans for the European Research Area in 2021 at European Research and Innovation Days 2020. Marc Schiltz, Science Europe President welcomes the ideas but outlines that there’s still a lot that needs to be done.
Mathilde Reumaux, Senior Policy Officer at Science Europe, responds to the European Commission’s plans to update its proposal evaluation processes for Horizon Europe. It is good that initiatives are being trialed ahead of their potential broader rollout, but transparency for applicants is key.
Science Europe Secretary General, Lidia Borrell-Damián, talked to Science Report about how important the EU budget is for research is right now and highlights that if research is cut both at EU- and national level, it will be difficult to solve many pressing questions (in Danish)
National research infrastructures (RIs) need to establish standards for managing their facilities and resources to optimise the RIs’ scientific capabilities. Research Money reports on our recent joint publication with the OECD Global Science Forum on RI optimisation.
Updating EU legislation on digital services and platforms is essential given the rapid development of online platforms and services. Science Europe explains to Research Professional that greater clarification on the Digital Services Act is needed to ensure it does not have unintended effects on research
Science Europe is quoted in THE saying that research and innovation must play an important role in these national recovery and resilience plans. It also stresses that the criteria on which national plans are judged should also go beyond a strict definition of immediate growth and return on investment.
A shift is under way to improve the effectiveness & efficiency of Research Assessment processes.
Nature Careers looks into Science Europe's most recent report on looking beyond publication records and instead asses the societal impact and contributions to knowledge and policy when awarding grants and promotions.
Lidia Borrell-Damián, Science Europe Secretary General, quoted in Research Europe saying that the EU budget deal comes at a "huge cost for the future of Europe.”
Insistence on ‘excellent’ research is commonplace, but Science Europ warns that it can damage integrity and foster ruthless competition when poorly defined
Lidia Borrell-Damián, Science Europe Secretary General, quoted in Times Higher Education expressing disappointment over the proposed Horizon Europe budget.
Marc Schiltz, the President of Science Europe, is quoted in Science Business saying that the new Horizon budget is lower than anyone had expected it to be: “We are hugely disappointed that the budget is not in any way commensurate to the challenges ahead,” said Schiltz.
Research organisations urged to disclose their assessment practices and how they address bias.
Lidia Borrell-Damián, Science Europe Secretary General, quoted in Research Europe saying that a 20 per cent target would be “a good starting point”.
She was commenting, as part of an article on proposals for the European Research Area to include spending targets and a ‘Cern for climate change’
Science Europe calls for the European Commission’s recovery package in Horizon Europe to be extended beyond 2024
Science Europe quoted in RP saying that the €94.4bn proposal “fails to allow for scientific knowledge to contribute” to achieving the Commission’s ambitious agenda for digitisation and environmental sustainability.
The Commission’s proposal should also be tweaked to ensure the €13.9bn that will go to Horizon Europe from the recovery fund is shared more equally between the parts of the programme dedicated to applied or basic research, Science Europe said.
It is “essential that substantial funding for all research programmes, and especially the excellent science pillar, is provided for the entire duration” of the 2021-27 budgetary period, Science Europe added.
Science Europe, quote in Science Business, saying that EU leaders should reconsider the European Commission’s budget proposal for Horizon Europe, as it could be “seriously damaging” for parts of the programme focused on basic research and research mobility.
According to the commission’s budget proposal released in May, most Horizon Europe programmes would lose 3.2 per cent of their budget.
Science Europe says the plan should be reconsidered, so that the recovery money also reaches the coffers of the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and research infrastructures.
Science Europe: Commission budget proposal could ‘seriously damage’ excellent science pillar in Horizon Europe
Science Europe, quoted in Science Business saying that EU leaders should reconsider European Commission’s budget proposal for Horizon Europe, as it could be “seriously damaging” for parts of the programme focused on blue sky research and research mobility.
Extra €10.9bn proposed for R&D programme is welcomed, but falls short of expectations.
Science Europe Secretary General quoted in Research Professional saying that she welcomed what she called a “sensible proposal”. “The Commission has done a really good compromise job, so I only hope the member states will be able to approve it,” she said, referring to the short time left before the programmes are due to begin next year.
There’s more in the pot, but MEPs and research lobbies decry ‘mismatch’ between European Commission’s revised research budget and the post-COVID-19 mountains to be scaled.
Science Europe Secretary General quoted in Science Business, saying that the €13.5 billion addition to the Horizon budget is a positive in a “world of compromises” however, “there is a disappointment that [the budget] isn’t at least €100 billion.”
Science Europe Secretary General quoted in Research Europe saying that “Research has to be competitive, no matter who manages the funds,” Open competitive calls are “the first proof of excellence”, she said, and should be part of processes that disburse public funds.
“This should be seen as a first positive step. Now this money needs to be properly used [and] given to the right hands.” It is not certain whether there are enough suitable researchers to do the work world leaders have pledged to fund, she warned. “It’s a market question—to what extent the scientific community is able to absorb all these funds in an efficient way,” she said.