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EU R&D budget Today, July 9th the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn announced the next and final set of calls for proposals valued at € 8.1 billion for the EU's 7th RTD Framework Programme with a total budget of €55 billion being allocated for innovative research between 2007-2013. The Commission has proposed that the successor programme for 2014-2020, known as Horizon 2020 receive €80 billion as part of the multi-annual budget currently under negotiation, whilst Parliament's temporary committee on future budgetary needs had suggested the doubling of the research budget for the next period, to €100bn. Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament said:

European Commission: CORDIS: FP7 : Find a project About CORDIS | Contact | Search | Legal Notice Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS European Commission > CORDIS > Funding Programmes > Find a project Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013 Comenius - Action for school The Comenius programme focuses on the first phase of education, from pre-school and primary to secondary schools. It is relevant for all members of the education community: pupils, teachers, local authorities, parents associations, non-government organisations, teacher training institutes, universities and all other educational staff. Learn more about Comenius Erasmus - Higher education Erasmus is the EU's flagship education and training programme in the field of higher education. Peter Smirniotopoulos: We Need an Education System that Promotes Creativity, Innovation, and Critical Thinking This is the second in a three-part series on the need for education reform in the United States. The first installment, "Doubling-Down on Dumb: The GOP War on Being Smart," explored the emerging political discourse criticizing public education and being well-educated, and how the toxic environment it creates makes real reform even more problematic. This installment argues in favor of a paradigm shift in primary and secondary education. In early October 2011, I wrote "Three Innovative Ideas, Which Could Help the Economy,... but No One's Talking About Them," In that blog entry I argued that comprehensive education reform was one "innovative idea" that could help transform the domestic economy. Specifically, I suggested that:

ETP : Production and processes : NanoMedicine Production and processes Nanotechnologies for Medical Applications – NanoMedicine An ageing population, expectations for a better quality of life and changing lifestyles call for improved, more efficient and affordable health care. A better understanding of the functioning of the human body at the molecular and nanometre scale as well as the ability to intervene at pre-symptomatic, acute or chronic stages of an illness are of utmost importance to meet these expectations. Key documents White Paper “Contribution of Nanomedicine to Horizon 2020” SETIS: providing targeted support to the SET-Plan — SETIS SET-Plan and SETIS Overview The European Strategic Energy Technology (SET)-Plan aims to transform energy production and use in the EU with the goal of achieving EU worldwide leadership in the production of energy technological solutions capable of delivering EU 2020 and 2050 targets. The move towards a low-carbon Europe requires innovative research, effective strategic planning and an emphasis on timely and appropriate action. SET-Plan Three SET-Plan Communications in 2006, 2007 and 2009, introduced the SET-Plan concept, launched the plan (including the commitment to create SETIS) and determined the financial requirements to implement the SET-Plan based on a number of technology roadmaps for the first set of priority technologies. A fourth Communication, in 2013, is expected to reinforce the modalities of the SET-Plan implementation, as the overarching umbrella for energy research and innovation for the Horizon 2020 initiative.

IP Filings Worldwide Rebound in 2010 despite Economic Turmoil Geneva, December 20, 2011 PR/2011/701 Press Conference A new report published by WIPO today shows that intellectual property (IP) filings worldwide rebounded strongly in 2010 after a considerable decline in 2009. The recovery in IP filings was stronger than the overall economic recovery. Patent and trademark filings grew by 7.2% and 11.8% respectively in 2010 compared to growth of 5.1% in the global gross domestic product (GDP), with China and the United States (US) accounting for the greatest share of the increased filings.

Europe 2020 - Europe 2020 in a nutshell Europe 2020 is the European Union’s ten-year growth and jobs strategy that was launched in 2010. It is about more than just overcoming the crisis from which our economies are now gradually recovering. It is also about addressing the shortcomings of our growth model and creating the conditions for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Five headline targets have been set for the EU to achieve by the end of 2020. These cover employment; research and development; climate/energy; education; social inclusion and poverty reduction. European research funding: it’s like Robin Hood in reverse If you ask officers of the European commission in research and innovation whether any of the funding attached to Horizon 2020 (the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever) will improve research career conditions, they are likely to politely cough, roll their eyes and answer: yes. They’d point, for example, to the European Research Council (ERC) starting grants and the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie individual fellowships which both fall under the £63bn programme. But are such initiatives really having an impact? On the one hand, the ERC starting grants are extremely competitive.

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