Industry and academics square off over future of Framework

The negotiations on Framework 8, the EU’s research funding programme scheduled to begin in 2014, are now well and truly underway.

With the mid-term review of Framework 7 now out of the way, attention will quickly turn to its successor. The European Commission will present its first communication on Framework 8 in early 2011, and an impact assessment next summer.

Already the debate has broadly divided into two camps, those who favour support for near-market research and innovation, and those who want European funding to concentrate on scientific excellence. Read more in Materials Today.