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New epidemiological research in Europe may be thwarted by short term funding

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:855
  1. Rodolfo Saracci, director of research in epidemiology,
  2. Josep Anto', head of respiratory and environmental health research unit,
  3. Jorn Olsen, professor of epidemiology,
  4. McMichael Anthony, professor of epidemiology,
  5. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, professor of epidemiology
  1. International Epidemiological Association, National Research Council, 56100 Pisa, Italy
  2. Institut Municipal d'Investigacio' Medica, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  3. Danish Epidemiological Science Centre, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  4. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT
  5. Harvard University and University of Athens, Boston, MA 02115, USA

    EDITOR—The European Union's fifth framework programme of research is making available in 1999 some 850 million euros for projects in biomedicine, with the main objective of prompting new research on key themes for the health of European citizens. Whether this objective is achieved will depend critically on the length of funding.

    The standard maximum time for a contract issued by the European Commission is still three years. Clearly, this is totally unrealistic for most research in epidemiology, as it is for research in environmental and occupational …

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