E.U. Research Budget Set

Science  23 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5756, pp. 1891
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5756.1891e

BERLIN— The dream of a doubling in European Union research funding is dead. In a compromise worked out last week, the leaders of the 25 E.U. member countries agreed on a budget for 2007-2013 that is about 16% smaller than the one proposed in April (Science, 15 April, p. 342). Instead of receiving €10 billion per year, research funding would rise from €5 billion to €8.75 billion in 2013. The smaller boost “is clearly not what we wanted,” said E.U. research commissioner Janez Potocnik, but “it reflects today's political reality.” He said it was not clear how much the squeeze would affect funding for the new European Research Council.

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