Call for less red tape in Horizon Europe rebutted by EU official

University heads in central and eastern Europe who blame Horizon 2020’s excessive bureaucracy for making it harder to win grants got a sharp retort from a senior Commission official defending the system at a meeting in Berlin last week.

Rectors from the EU13 newest member states said the convoluted bureaucracy of EU research grants is stifling their capacity to compete with wealthier universities and research institutes which can afford the advice of expensive consultancies, and called for a change under EU’s next programme, Horizon Europe.

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Original article published by Science Business on Feb 28, 2019