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Horizon scan: EU primes climate and biodiversity science

The European Commission’s 2018 draft budget promises a €338m boost for climate and biodiversity research. Eleni Courea examines the details and asks what the potential impact on climate science could be.

The increase in climate and biodiversity research spending is part of a Commission proposal to increase the Horizon 2020 budget by 7.3 per cent—or €756 million—between 2017 and 2018. If passed, this would bring the Framework programme’s overall budget for 2018 to €11.1 billion.

The Commission’s proposal, published on 30 May, will now be negotiated between the European Council and European Parliament, and the three European Union institutions are expected to agree on a final budget by 20 November.

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