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Horizon 2020 needs to kick-start innovation, urges report

Policymakers should concentrate funding increases for the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme on innovation, not on basic research, says a report from UK-based innovation policy consultancy Technopolis Group.

The report says that increasing resources for “mission-orientated” R&D, under the sections of the programme geared towards industrial technologies and solving societal challenges, would address the weaknesses of the European research and innovation system. In contrast, programmes devoted to excellent science such as the European Research Council do not need more funding to continue their positive effects, it says.

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