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Europe seeks broader support and impact for science projects

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Science  04 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6461, pp. 22
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6461.22

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At the European Research and Innovation Days, held in Brussels 24–26 September, the European Commission invited the audience to help shape Europe's next 7-year research funding program, Horizon Europe, set to begin in 2021. It is a change of tone for the commission, whose research programs are often seen as bureaucratic machines. The commission aims to fix problems in Horizon 2020, the current program, which a 2017 midterm review said is yielding good, incremental results, but generating few big breakthroughs and showing little tangible, large-scale impact on society. The commission asked the public to "codesign" parts of Horizon Europe; it also plans to promote the research it funds more aggressively.

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