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Spotlight on EU technology gap

The European Commission should plug the funding gap between its blue-sky research calls and its close-to-market innovation calls in Horizon 2020, Danish universities have said.

On 29 June, Universities Denmark, an association representing the country’s eight universities, published a position paper calling on the European Commission to create more funding calls for projects between basic research—funded by the European Research Council—and near-market programmes, funded by the societal challenges and industrial leadership pillars.

“This is especially a problem with societal challenges where there is no proper connection between the technologies that are supposed to bring solutions to the market and the ground-breaking research which is a prerequisite for the anticipated solutions,” the paper said. It added that the budget should be more evenly spread out to include the whole research and innovation process in order to make Horizon 2020 more attractive to universities and to further the development of the European Research Area—a single European market for research.

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