Many researchers across Europe are unhappy with the administrative burden of European research funding. The Framework Programme, as the biggest part of this funding, is far from easy to use despite many efforts at simplification.
Many stakeholders, including the European Commission, are working on simplifying the participation rules. That’s certainly promising. However, what is missing so far is the voice of all researchers involved in European research projects.
Since the beginning of February, researchers have been able to sign a declaration for the attention of the European Council of Ministers and the European Parliament to urgently simplify the financial and administrative provisions related to the Framework Programme and other European funding instruments.
These instruments having an important leverage effect on the competitiveness of the European Research Area.
More than 5.600 researchers in Europe and beyond have already signed in order to support the push towards substantial simplification of European research programmes.
The URL is www.trust-researchers.eu. Join us and sign the declaration.
EU ResearchAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor