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October 5, 2022

Romania received less than it contributed to Horizon 2020 medical research programmes

Romania has contributed 9.7pct of the necessary funds to the medical research programmes within the framework of Horizon 2020, Societal Challenges 1, but has received back 8.4pct, Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Director of the Health Directorate at the Research DG of the European Commission told Agerpres.
According to data presented by Draghia-Akli at a conference held at the Romanian Academy, countries such as the Netherlands have attracted three times more funds than they contributed with.
‘Romanian researchers should send much more applications for our programmes. I have encouraged everyone over the years to apply, to have more courage, and to not give up if they failed once. There are researches from all countries who do not give up,’ the official stated.
She added that as far as Romania is concerned, most funds go to academic institutions and research centers, but that SMEs or other public organizations, such as national agencies, are very poorly represented in research projects. In countries such as the Netherlands or the UK participation rates to EU projects are higher in the case of SMEs, of 25-30pct.
Romanian researchers argue that the low value of projects stems from the fact that in Romania there are legal restrictions in place and that they cannot request salaries similar to those in Western countries.
Horizon 2020 is the most comprehensive research and innovation project ever run by the EU; it offers 80 billion euros over 7 years (2014-2020), on top of private and national public investments the financing is attracting.

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