Urgent Call for Research Overhaul

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Science  28 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5479, pp. 523-524
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5479.523a

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BERN-- The European Union is in danger of losing ground in the global research competition unless its member nations devote more resources to science, restructure the E.U.'s flagship research program, and develop a Europe-wide science strategy, an expert panel says. Framework 5--which provides $17 billion over 5 years for multinational research efforts and scientific networking--should be made more flexible to respond to hot new research fields, the report suggests, and its complex grant-application procedures should be made "much simpler and easier to understand."