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19th October 2018
10th October 2018
The Aftermath of the Zika Crisis
“Now that the World Health Organisation has declared that Zika is no longer a global health emergency, there is a danger that the struggles of families of children with CZF will become an invisible problem.”- Dr João Nunes, University of York In October 2016, the European Union approved €30 million in research to combat the […]
1st October 2018
Arrival of three new interns
We would like to express a warm welcome to our three new interns from the White Rose universities. They have spent a month training and meeting key partners across the three universities in Yorkshire. Over the next six months in Brussels, the interns will support the White Rose Brussels office activities, including writing policy reports, […]
28th May 2018
Horizon Europe Policy Developments
With the UK facing Brexit, its universities face an uncertain future. This blog post outlines the prospects for UK involvement with the next EU research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. Background On June 7 2018 the European Commission published its proposal for the successor to Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe. It set out plans for a […]
15th May 2018
Towards a European Education Area by 2025: the rise of the ‘European Universities’ Initiative
In September 2017 French President, Emmanuel Macron, delivered a speech about the future of Europe that harnesses real ‘sovereignty, unity and democracy’, with specific priorities (amongst others) named as security cooperation, the environment, a digital union, and education. This speech has been received in various ways, with many heralding Macron for trying to reignite a ‘European Spirit’ and boost overall EU morale. Yet, some also saw it as an exercise of wishful thinking, with those sceptical of the European project stepping further back from this pro-European rhetoric.
29th March 2018
The Multiannual Financial Framework – a look into the future of Research and Innovation funding beyond 2020
‘Everyone said they want more research – it’s happening’ Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Commission President at the unveiling of the proposal. On May 1st, the EU Commission published its proposal for a ‘modern budget for a Union that protects, empowers and defends’, that would come into effect on January 1st, 2021 where it will be the […]
6th March 2018
The European Open Science Cloud – the future of Open Access research
The Internet has fundamentally changed the practical and economic realities of distributing scientific knowledge and cultural heritage. Open Access (OA) allows new approaches to scholarly publishing. The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) aims to provide Europe’s 1.7 million researchers and 70 million students and professionals in science and technology with easy access to other researchers’ […]
15th December 2017
Latest Information on Mission-Oriented Challenges in the Future Framework Programme
Mission-Oriented Challenges have been a much talked about but little understood element of the next framework programme. The latest report, ‘Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation in the EU’ was published by the Commission last week, giving the clearest indication yet of exactly what Missions will look like. The report is by Mariana Mazzucato, an academic at […]
What will the successor framework programme to Horizon 2020 look like?
As the final three year work programmes for Horizon 2020 have been published (excluding an update on the work programmes in 2019 for the final year of calls), all attention in Brussels has turned towards what will follow on from Horizon 2020, the Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, colloquially referred to as FP9, although I am certain that it will follow the same trend as the current FP and be given a snazzy name.