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The European Union has approved the largest research program.  It also promises billions to scientists from the Czech Republic

The European Union has approved the largest research program. It also promises billions to scientists from the Czech Republic

“We have succeeded in voting on the most important source of funding for our researchers, in addition to industry and business. It is true that in the European Parliament we could have envisioned a more ambitious budget, but I think we could be satisfied with 95.5 billion euros – which is more than it was in the previous seven years. “, Said MEP Martina Delabagova (independent of YES).

Horizon Europe will build on Horizon 2020. “The new program is designed to better respond to the needs of industry, the environment and society as a whole, and to bring out the best in our scientists and our companies by combining knowledge and talent. This will enable close cooperation between partners from the public and private spheres. “

According to her, a new European Innovation Council has also been created. “Thanks to this, Horizon Europe will be more open, especially for small and medium-sized companies, including from the Czech Republic. The European Innovation Council will support innovative projects, even those that may find it difficult to seek support elsewhere due to the high risk.” She added that 70 percent From its budget prepared for small and medium enterprises. “

The R&D framework programs are the programs of the European Union that identify research and technological development priorities – every seven years. In addition to developing research capabilities, funds from these programs also support researcher mobility or international scientific cooperation. It is possible to apply for these programs on the basis of announced calls.

Applicants who have recently received ERC grants can, for example, request that the start of a project period be postponed by six months due to the current situation.

“Researchers on the Grant program can also work from home in exceptional situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic,” the site said.

A new space agency based in Prague

Meanwhile, in recent days, the European Parliament has approved the creation of the European Space Program and the new European Space Program Agency (EUSPA), which will be based in Prague.

The goal of the program, with a budget of 14.8 billion euros (386.3 billion CZK), will be to build and operate satellite systems, whose data and services will be available in the public and private sectors, for science and personal use only.