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Universities oppose ‘unclear’, ‘odd’ and ‘sloppy’ R&D proposals

Image: Security & Defence Agenda [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr (on the left); Dan Nica, Valeriu Zgonea, Constantin Nita [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons (on the right)

Two university groups have published detailed critiques of MEPs’ suggestions for the EU’s 2021-27 R&D programme Horizon Europe, voicing opposition to many of them.

A proposal from Dan Nica—that Horizon Europe should demand open access to the “research results and possibly research data” of collaborating countries—could harm the programme’s international prestige and ability to address global challenges, the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities warned on 4 September.

On the same day, the League of European Research Universities described the proposal as “far too restrictive” and said the idea should be dropped.

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