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European Council Responds to ISCB Regarding Research Funding

In November 2012, ISCB joined the Initiative for Science in Europe, the research community, industry leaders, and concerned citizens in urging the European Union to protect scientific research funding from budget cuts.  The European Council responded in January 2013, with President Herman Van Rompuy noting the Society’s concerns regarding research funding in the future multiannual financial framework.

Cabinet Member Lukasz Kolinski stated that negotiations are still ongoing with a view to find unanimity among the Member States. He reported that an agreement may be possible in the beginning of 2013, according to bilateral talks and discussion within the European Council that took place November 22-23, 2012.

ISCB strongly believes that investment in research, innovation and education is the best way to ensure economic success and a vibrant, healthy society.  Scientific progress depends on basic research to meet global challenges.

--> View ISCB’s letter to the European Council

--> View the European Council response (pdf)

View and sign the Initiative for Science in Europe’s online petition to protect ERC funding