The European Union (EU) must drastically increase the budget for research and innovation. That is the view of Jan van den Biesen, an independent Dutch policy advisor. Horizon Europe, the successor to Horizon 2020, is the latest program where European scientists and research projects can secure funding. Its due to start next year, but the EU member states are still in disagreement about the budget. Amounts ranging from €80 to €120 billion over a seven-year period are ‘being cited. “Even if the highest possible amount is approved, Horizon Europe is just a drop in the ocean.”
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