The cabinet does not intend to cut corners when it comes to fundamental research. However, research has to be more related to the nine economic top sectors, writes Maxime Verhagen, the Minister of Economic Affairs.
Although Verhagen does intend to put aside 350 million euros in the budgets of research fund providers NWO and KNAW for a 'new form of collaboration' between scientists and the private sector, he says that this will be based on the high academic criteria which are currently used.
He points out Wageningen University as an example to the young scientists. Wageningen plant geneticists belong to the world's top and discover genes which make plants less susceptible to diseases and pests: such knowledge can be used by companies to develop resistant tomato varieties.
According to Verhagen, top researchers are often inspired by challenges within society. 'It would be a pity if the young academicians are influenced by the fear of change.'