Scots scientists should grab EU opportunity

SNP MEP Alyn Smith is urging Scots to grab the opportunity on offer to shape the future of Europe’s research funding.   The European Commission has opened applications for a body of experts to guide Horizon 2020, the European Union's future funding programme for research and innovation.

“Scotland is brimming with expertise in research and innovation and the world leaders that we have here can grab the opportunity of being right at the forefront of modelling European research funding for the future.

“The Commission is looking for leaders from civic society as well as from academic and research backgrounds.  The areas covered include innovation in small businesses, climate action, inclusive societies, and health, demographic change and wellbeing in addition to the areas that we’d traditionally expect to be included.

“We’ve got success stories in Scotland from each of the areas mentioned and a growing number of businesses who have successfully bid for EU funding from past programmes.

“Scotland’s experts can play a crucial role in framing Horizon 2020 and making it easier to use as well as helping decide who gets funding.

“I want to see Scottish faces on the Advisory Boards; we have a great tale to tell here, we’re part of Europe and we can make a real contribution to her future as well as opening up opportunities for people and institutions from all over Scotland.”