Tag Archives: FP7

Can society-oriented research be academically influential?

The dichotomy between research that aims at tackling specific societal challenges and blue sky research is not as wide as expected. A new Danish study on the impact of research funded by the last two framework programmes reveals that there may be no contradiction between research being challenge-oriented and being academically influential. This gives food for thought to steer future research policy. Read more [...]

Innovator travels convoluted path to therapy trial

Read about the challenges that Stephane Huberty, an entrepreneur who is also a medical doctor, since he was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis (MG). This article accounts of the many meanders that he had to face on the path to bringing a disruptive innovation--a vaccine for MG--towards the market. This demonstrates that in innovation circles, there is no one-size-fits-all and that some innovations may not quite fit the existing innovation system as expected. Read more [...]

Research funding: Science in the firing line as Europe fails to pay

As the three-week conciliation period on the EU 2015 budget started on 28th October 2014, research in Europe is facing a funding crisis. And this time, the harbingers of doom are not grumbling scientists, gloomy economists or critical journalists, but powerful voices within the European Commission (EC) itself. Read more [...]

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Launch of Responsible Research and Innovation Toolkit

Welcome to the EuroScientist's section on Responsible Research an Innovation. Unlike other parts of the magazine, this section is sponsored by the RRI Tools research project, funded under FP7. We will bring you all the updates regarding the development of the project, which was launched on 20th and 21st January 2014 in Brussels. Read more [...]

More money on the horizon

The next EU research funding programme, Horizon 2020 will maintain the core principals of its predecessor Framework 7. The proposed future programme will fund excellent science (€24.6 bn), industrial leadership (€17.9 bn) and societal challenges (€31.7 bn). It also includes consolidated and revised funding guidelines as the EC continues to strive for simplified funding applications, reporting and auditing. The proposal for Horizon 2020 was presented to the European Commission on 30 November 2011. Read more [...]

Urban trees not just for show

Trees in London are not just for decoration - they are playing an essential role in filtering out pollution particulates from the air. Published this month in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, this is the outcome of the BRIDGE ('Sustainable urban planning decision support accounting for urban metabolism') project, which has won over 3 million Euros under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Read more [...]