Europe's Innovation Engine, Eager to Grow, Faces Criticism

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Science  26 Aug 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6046, pp. 1090-1091
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6046.1090

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The European Union is considering a major expansion of the European Institute of Technology (EIT), which was meant to give Europe a leg up in the innovation competition. In June, EIT issued a strategic plan that would cost €4 billion over the next budget round, from 2014 to 2020. But the young institute is beset by problems. A scathing external review has criticized its track record, universities say they feel out of the loop about its targets and activities, and industry appears divided on its usefulness and reluctant to pay its share of the bill. Managing the institute has been complicated by the rapid turnover of senior staff.

  • * Colin Macilwain is a writer in Edinburgh, U.K.