A New Deal for an Effective European Research Policy: The by Ugur Muldur, Fabienne Corvers, Henri Delanghe, Jim Dratwa,

By Ugur Muldur, Fabienne Corvers, Henri Delanghe, Jim Dratwa, Daniela Heimberger, Brian Sloan, Sandrijn Vanslembrouck, J. Potocnik

More than a century in the past Louis Pasteur saw that “Science is familiar with no nation, simply because wisdom belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world”. His comment has the entire extra resonance this day with the expanding globa- sation of technological know-how, know-how, and trade. however it additionally underlines a big fact: that technology has consistently complex so much swiftly whilst it's a collective endeavour, with a robust movement of information. by way of forging cooperation in learn, Europe has a powerful tune checklist. This 12 months, the ecu Union’s Framework Programme for examine and Technological improvement celebrates its twentieth birthday. it's the world’s biggest programme in aid of transnational learn, selling cooperation, coor- country, and mobility throughout borders. The 12 months 2007 will see the release of the seventh Framework Programme, the most important and such a lot formidable up to now. This e-book will convey how the hot Framework Programme used to be prepare and clarify why it took the form it did. it's going to additionally set out its strength affects and the stipulations useful for it to be successful. within the difficult new international economic system, wisdom is Europe’s Most worthy source, and i'm confident that, with its remarkable scale and scope, the seventh Framework Programme is the fitting procedure for a Europe that desires to development in the direction of a knowledge-based economic climate. even if, the Framework Programme is simply a truly modest a part of overall public R&D spending in Europe, the majority of that's conducted by means of nationwide governments.

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