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Pressure grows for EU to set up a European Research Council

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:768
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Pressure is growing for the European Union to create a European Research Council with an annual budget of about €2bn to stimulate basic, strategic, and investigator-driven research.

    The overwhelming bulk of research in Europe would continue to be organised and funded nationally. But supporters of the proposed centre believe it could make a valuable contribution to the European Union's plan to overcome geographical and linguistic barriers and create a European research area.

    After almost a year's deliberations, a …

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