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BRICs on the rise

After a sharp decline, international participation in Horizon 2020 seems to be recovering. Amanda Stringfellow reports.

When the EU stopped automatic funding for Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) under the Framework programme in 2012, the involvement of these countries plummeted. Russian participation was hardest hit with 61 participants in 2013 dropping to just 7 in 2014. China’s involvement fell by 70 per cent, and the number of participants from India and Brazil more than halved (download table).

“Most researchers are not willing to undergo a laborious and time-consuming process of proposal submission to work in a consortium at their own costs,” says Marine Melkonyan, Horizon 2020 national contact point in Russia.

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