Conservative MEP Vicky Ford today welcomed significant steps taken to simplify the process around accessing EU funding for research.
The framework programme for research has a budget of around €51 billion, disbursed to a whole array of research areas from developing energy-efficiency technologies to crop science.
Following appraisal of the existing programme and consultation with industry and universities, the parliament passed recommendations to enhance the current process and outline priorities for the next research programme, due to start in 2013.
Proposals seek to simplify and accelerate the application process, ensure that funding is sustainable and rationalise financial controls, whilst maintaining transparency and accountability.
Vicky Ford said:
"There are more businesses, universities and other research institutions participating in European programmes for research and development from the UK than from any other country.
However, the programme has a reputation for being the most bureaucratic in the world. A whole industry exists just to help people fill in the application forms.
In these difficult economic times it is vital that Europe prioritises its innovative industries and research centres - steps taken today will ensure monies earmarked for research actually reach the laboratory"
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