EU wants researchers ‘in the lab, not in the office’ | EurActiv

EU research represents 5% of overall public spending in Europe. Funding programmes are always oversubscribed but there is concern that world-class researchers think European money comes with too many strings attached.

Researchers complain that EU research programmes burden them with too much red tape (EurActiv 24/03/10). This has made European grants less attractive to top scientists who frequently opt for national funding rather than take on the complex task of meeting EU audit criteria (EurActiv 05/02/09).

However, the economic crisis has strained public finances across Europe and research budgets are not immune from the cutbacks. With shrinking pots of money available to researchers in EU member states, multi-billion euro R&D budgets may become more attractive.

Another frequent complaint is that small businesses find it difficult to access big EU research programmes. 80% of SMEs applying for European research funding are turned down, a fact which discourages high-tech start-ups from applying for funding in the first place (EurActiv 02/10/09).

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