On 9th February 2011, the European Commission presented a Green Paper which proposes major changes to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and provide better value for money. The changes, to be introduced in the next EU budget after 2013, would bring together the current Framework Programme for research, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
The Commission is seeking the views of all interested individuals and organisations on these proposed changes and on the specific questions set out in the Green Paper. The deadline for contributions is Friday 20 May 2011. In parallel, a competition for the name of the Common Strategic Framework is being organised.
The responses received will be analysed carefully by the Commission services. They will be used to design the proposals, to be presented by the Commission by the end of 2011, for a legislative decision of the Council and Parliament on the Common Strategic Framework.
EUnited Robotics is currently coordinating and preparing two position papers concerning the above; one on behalf of EUnited Robotics and the other on behalf of the robotics community (EUROP) based on discussions during the workshops at the European Robotics Forum on April 6th, 2011. We will keep you posted.
For more information you can refer to: http://ec.europa.eu/research/csfri/index_en.cfm?pg=home