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Classifying the unclassifiable: Making sense of EU funding

David Lauder, European research project manager at the University of York and chairman of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators, suggests a way to categorise European funding.

The old days were not necessarily better, but they were simpler. European research funding started life as the framework programme European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), a scientific networking club where nations were the main members. The framework programmes were the first instance of a single European research budget.

For at least the first five framework programmes, funding instruments and the European funding landscape were relatively easy to understand. Framework funding was either top-down and theme based, or bottom-up, with research supported in any area and additional participation of a few well-established intergovernmental organisations, such as Cern, the European particle physics centre near Geneva.

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