EU-LIFE institutes we urge politicians from all Members States and the European Union institutions to unequivocally support the ERC namely by increasing its budget in the next framework programme the FP9 and clearly endorsing its guiding principles of scientific merit and independence.
EU-LIFE, released today a statement with its recommendations for next framework Programme for Research & Innovation, FP9. Strong key message is: to drive European leadership in innovation, boost excellent ground breaking research in combination with professional technology transfer.
Giulio Superti-Furga, Scientific Director of the EU-LIFE member institute CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Professor for Medical Systems Biology of the Medical University of Vienna has been appointed Member of the Scientific Council of the ERC for a function period of 4 years.
ERC President, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was the key note speaker at the 2016 EU-LIFE Community Meeting, which was held 2-3 November at The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam. The President of the European Research Council joined EU-LIFE community to discuss the challenging perspectives of research in Europe including the next framework programme (FP9) and overall science policy.
EU-LIFE which spans over 7200 researchers in 13 European countries is committed to international collaboration, with exchange of talent in order to facilitate scientific excellence. Therefore to create consortia based on excellence, we will continue to collaborate with our colleagues in the UK following the referendum on EU membership. We welcome the statements by Commissioner Moedas emphasising the UK’s continued eligibility for funding under the Horizon 2020 programme and encourage our colleagues to respect this position and be mindful of any possible bias.