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European science's makeover

By Anjana Ahuja   January 2014

European science has had a major makeover in the shape of Horizon 2020, the EU’s ambitious €70bn framework for science and innovation lasting until 2020. Effective from 1st January, it is batting its eyelashes at industry in a bid to be more economically relevant: 22 per cent of the budget is earmarked for “industrial leadership,” with at least half of that going to small businesses. Of the €5.4bn set aside for energy, 85 per cent must go to non-fossil fuel research.

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