In the media: Leading research universities in central Europe reject geographic funds allocation in Horizon Europe


A group of seven universities in central Europe (CE7) have hit out against an amendment to the Horizon Europe proposal that aims to bridge the west to east innovation gap through regional quotas, urging the European Parliament to keep excellence as the main funding allocation criterion.

The amendment, submitted by Romanian MEP Dan Nica, one of the lead draftsmen of Horizon Europe, calls for the research programme to ensure “the effective reduction of the R&D and innovation divide by 50 percent within the Union and promote broad geographical coverage in collaborative projects.”

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