Tag Archives: Funding

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 [...]

An independent Turkish Academy of Sciences in serious jeopardy

In August 2011, a reformed Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) was established under governmental management and scientists across the world fear it will no longer act as an independent academy of science. In response to the changes in governance, many TÜBA members have threatened to resign and start their own academy independent of the government. Read more [...]

Pharma grinding to a hault?

More evidence recently published by the 2011 Pharmaceutical R&D Factbook indicates that the pharma industry's productivity is continuing to decline. Fewer new molecular entities were launched in 2010 than in any other year in the past decade. The number of drugs entering Phase I, II and III clinical trials is also declining. R&D expenditure has also dropped to a three year low of $68 billion. Read more [...]

Framework 8 named “Horizon 2020”

Following an online naming competition, the next round of EC Framework funding is going to be called "Horizon 2020". Three names were shortlisted. Horizon 2020 received 3,055 votes against, 2,785 for Imagine 2020, and 2,478 for Discover 2020. In total, 8,318 votes were received. The full name being put forward this year as part of the legislative proposal for the new programme is "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation". Read more [...]

Marie Curie: Inspiring millions, advancing European science

She received two Nobel Prizes, has served as an inspirational figure to countless women (and men) in science, and has a Continent-wide fellowship program named after her to promote the brightest scientific minds and innovations. The Marie Curie Fellowships, administered by the EU, are so prestigious that recipients regularly gush about its virtue as a career game-changer. Only 8% of applicants receive fellowships each year, but this low rate of acceptance does not deter scholars; on the contrary, says Jordi Curell Gotor, who oversees the Marie Curie Fellowships as Director Lifelong learning, higher education and international affairs, DG Education and Culture, European Commission. The number of applications continues to rise annually. So far, 50,000 researchers from 120 nations have received these prestigious grants since the program’s inception in 1996. Read more [...]

Utrecht staff and students say no to physics cuts

Bright and early on 3 January 2011, 140 physics lecturers, students and other staff at Utrecht University in the Netherlands made their way from the physics department to the offices of the university administration. The purpose of the demonstration was to submit a petition objecting to proposed cutbacks, and to the removal of department head Casper Erkelens after he refused to sign a document agreeing to the reforms. Read more [...]