European Parliament Defends more Funding for Post H2020

In a non-legislative resolution, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) presented their assessment of the Horizon 2020 programme in which they state that H2020 must be primarily grant-based, that no more cuts should be made to the programme and that ‘excellence’ should remain the essential evaluation criterion while ‘impact’ should include economic and social effects. The resolution also included some recommendations for 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9). Recommendations include an increased overall budget of EUR 120 billion for FP9; the reintroduction of the two stage evaluation; separation of defence research from civil research in the next Multiannual Financial Framework (in which EU budget is broadly defined), providing two different programs with two different budgets; and priority to funding for climate change research.

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