By Max Clarke

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has today outlined recommendations the government must make if Britain is to benefit from the EU research funding.

Research and innovation are vital to economic growth not only in the UK but throughout Europe,” commented Science Minister David Willetts. “The UK has one of the most productive research bases in the world and with changes to EU funding in sight it’s important that we play our full part in influencing the debate.”

Funding for EU research and innovation from 2014: a UK perspective’, published today, looks at the future role and shape of EU funding for research and innovation and sets out the following recommendations from the Government:

Research and innovation must play an increasingly vital role in promoting green growth in Europe and should continue to receive a high — and ideally increased — proportion of a future EU budget which is reprioritised to focus on sustainable growth and is smaller overall;

The UK considers that future EU funding should be focussed on funding research programmes that demonstrate excellence and added-value;

and EU funding should address global challenges as well as developing new technologies

Continued Willetts: “We need to continue to invest in research and innovation at a European level, with a focus on programmes that demonstrate excellence and address global challenges such as climate change, food security and the ageing population. EU funding should also drive innovation and place a greater emphasis on areas such as information and communications technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology that have the potential to meet these challenges head on.”