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Europe's science spending set for another big boost

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Science  01 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6392, pp. 952-953
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6392.952

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On 7 June, the European Commission will lay out detailed plans for one of the biggest single research programs on the planet. Horizon Europe could be worth €97.6 billion between 2021 and 2027, up from about €77 billion for the current 7-year program, Horizon 2020. Although Horizon Europe will keep Horizon 2020's main features, the commission has laid the groundwork for several novelties, including a new agency to tackle the continent's perennial innovation problem and a big, separate push on collaborative defense research. But contentious negotiations lie ahead. The United Kingdom is negotiating the terms of its impending exit from the European Union, and some member states want to tighten budgets. Meanwhile, research advocates want more generous spending, noting the low application success rates in Horizon 2020—a frustrating 11.9% so far.