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EU budget shows hard politics beats good arguments

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To avoid future funding disasters, researchers must lobby harder at home, says Daniel Spichtinger

Some celebrated the outcome of the European Council’s marathon session to establish the EU’s next long-term budget this month, but for research and innovation it ended in disaster. Instead of the hoped for €100 billion, leaders of member states decided to allocate €81bn to Horizon Europe, the new framework programme set to come into force in 2021.

This is barely more than the budget for the current Horizon 2020 programme, even though Horizon Europe’s content has been significantly enlarged with new funding instruments and an increased focus on innovation.

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