More countries are wanting to join Europe’s R&D program Horizon Europe. Negotiations are, however, not likely to start until the first half of 2020. First, a stable basis of regulation is needed to start considering new countries into the program. Read more here. Source: Éanna Kelly and Richard L. Hudson Picture: H2020, European Commission

The research and innovation gap between richer and poorer nations should be fixed by the EU states. This gap creates a very unequal distribution of wealth across nations and should be repaired if we want to make a real difference with our policies. Read more here. Source: Florin Zubașcu, Science Business Picture: European Commission

Scientists and entrepreneurs should work more closely together to create successful businesses in Europe. What are the main challenges and opportunities? Read more in the Horizon Magazine interview with Professor Mark Ferguson. Source: Richard Grey, Picture: Paul Grecaud

Artificial Intelligence can be a great benefit for European research, but it is still an evolving field with ethical dilemmas. A high-level expert group discussed important issues related to this topic, such as training researchers to use AI competently. Read more Source: Stefania Gavra, Science Business Picture: Jack Moreh

Mariya Gabriel will replace Carlos Moedas as the commissioner of R&D in the EU, and her position will be renamed the commissioner for Innovation and Youth. Her background is Bulgarian, which makes people hopeful that she will put more emphasis on the fair distribution of EU research money, keeping in mind central and Eastern Europe. […]

Did you know that the European Commission has started trialing a new “Lump Sum” funding model before its full introduction into the new Horizon Europe programme? Horizon Europe is just around the corner and we have just learned about the potentially dramatic changes regarding forms of Union contribution. Based upon article. 125, point 1 (a) […]