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Weak research countries need ‘godparents’

A ‘buddy scheme’ to help countries with weaker research performances access EU excellence funding has been proposed by the European Parliament.

The scheme would offer money to consortia of researchers from one research-leader state and one weaker member state, who would apply together as a team. Any resulting research laboratory or institution would have to be built in the weaker country, in the hope that its creation would provide a boost to local research excellence. The funding would be provided for projects in specific research areas, to help build centres-of-excellence.

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