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Trust Researchers - A declaration to the attention of the European Council of Ministers and the Parliament
Funding of research in Europe should be based on mutual trust and responsible partnering.
Focused on research
Research has to be funded according to the nature of research, meaning concentrated on output.
The European Research Area (ERA) should benefit from a consistent vision shared by all actors for funding research throughout the different programmes that is avoiding all kinds of unnecessary technical and administrative details but instead promoting key funding principles based on an appropriate level of accountability.
Research and development is of utmost importance for Europe and its future oriented development. However, we need effective, reliable and stable funding principles to make it happen.
Research and innovation are risk taking activities. An appropriate level of tolerable risks is vital for success and should be supported by European research programmes.
We ask the European Council of Ministers and the Parliament to urgently simplify the financial and administrative provisions related to the Framework Programme and other European funding instruments considering their important leverage effect for the competitiveness of the European Research Area."
Entry created by Elke Dall on April 19, 2010