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European Commission lines up measures to tackle problems with research careers

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Funding of billions of euros could eventually flow to institutions fostering young researchers

The European Commission is considering giving significant funding to institutions that provide secure career paths for researchers, as part of efforts to fix deep-rooted problems in the sector, a senior figure involved in the project has told Research Europe.

Portugal’s former science minister Manuel Heitor said a pilot initiative, expected next year, would respond to growing concerns about the precarious employment conditions many researchers face—particularly those at the start of their careers. The plans, which are in development, could eventually channel billions of euros to institutions that improve research careers, he said.

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