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Concern over ‘confusing’ EU sustainability principle

Horizon Europe addition seen as extra barrier to “burdensome” grant applications

Research leaders have joined mounting criticism over the addition of a ‘do no significant harm’ sustainability principle to the EU’s Horizon Europe R&D programme, warning it is causing confusion in an already time-consuming grant application process.

The European Commission’s inclusion of the principle in the latest iteration of its multi-billion-euro scheme could deter applicants from seeking money from some of the bloc’s most important sources of research funding, research leaders fear. A senior MEP has even raised the prospect of legal action over the issue.

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