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EU13 Horizon 2020 success now matching domestic spending

Newer 13 EU member states’ share of bloc’s R&D funding has risen in recent years

The share of EU R&D funding going to the 13 countries that most recently joined the bloc has “grown slowly and is now in line with their share of [total] EU-wide R&D investment”, the European Commission has reported—in an update that could help to alleviate longstanding concerns about the countries’ low participation in EU R&D programmes.

EU13 countries’ share of Horizon 2020 funding now stands at 4.8 per cent, up from 4.2 per cent in the predecessor programme, the Commission said in a report published on 22 September. This is “proportionate to their contribution” of 4.4 per cent of EU-wide investments in R&D, it said.

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