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FP9 ‘should shift towards basic research’

The next EU Framework programme should devote more of its funding to fundamental research rather than innovation, an association of life science research centres has said.

Horizon 2020 “does not hold sufficient opportunities for excellent basic researchers to contribute to European research and innovation”, EU-Life said in a Framework 9 position paper published on 20 September.

Framework 9’s overall budget should therefore be doubled to €150 billion, said the association, whose members include Germany’s Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine and France’s Institut Curie. The annual budget of the European Research Council, which supports basic research, should be increased to €4bn in Framework 9—up from €1.8bn in 2017—while the budget of the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions mobility programme should be doubled, it said.

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