Top quality fundamental research can count on support from Brussels even without cooperation from partners in other countries.
The EU made the future guidelines for research support known on 16 June, one of the last moves of current Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin. Under the new guidelines applications for research funding do not have to be oriented to a particular subject, and cooperation with partners in other countries is no longer a crucial condition. Selection will now take place exclusively on the basis of ‘scientific excellence’. The Research Commission has also submitted a proposal to double the current research budget. Under the current framework programmes for research assistance, transnational cooperation is a requirement. Another proposal made by Busquin during his commissionership was to promote fundamental research by setting up a European Research Council.