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SPIE response to EU Green Paper urges R&D investment, industry support

25 May 2011

CARDIFF, Wales, UK -- Continued investment in high-tech laser research and support for partnerships between large and smaller enterprises are among recommendations from SPIE leaders submitted this month in response to an EU Green Paper on research and innovation funding.

Through the Green Paper, the European Commission sought input for changes in the next EU budget which would bring together the current Framework Programme for research, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Comments submitted by SPIE in response to "From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding" are published online with more than 750 other written responses from throughout Europe, and 1300 responses to an online questionnaire.

SPIE leaders including President Katarina Svanberg, Past President María Yzuel, Director Peter Hartmann, Scholarship Committee Chair Marta de la Fuente, and European Advisory Committee Member Friedrich Bachmann contributed to the comments offered by the Society.

SPIE recommended that the EC:

  • clearly define fields to be funded within multidisciplinary projects, and do a better job of linking research and innovation with challenges and desired outcomes.
  • establish an ecosystem that supports the complete innovation cycle, including research products, companies, supply chain, manufacturing, and markets.
  • make industry/institutional partnerships attractive to industrial partners who require a minimal administrative load.
  • coordinate smaller R&D programs under the roof of larger organizations, resulting in smaller programs with a common interest rather than huge programs with many partners.
  • favor not only public-private partnerships, but Large Enterprise-Small and Medium-sized Enterprise partnerships for large-scale projects.
  • continue investing in defining and funding large high-tech laser research projects such as HiPER and ELI.
  • support innovative micro enterprises, start-ups, spin-offs, and spin-outs with targeted funding.

The EC plans to post a summary analysis on the Research and Innovation website in advance of a 10 June conference on the Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding.

Links to written comments, by country of origin: http://ec.europa.eu/research/csfri/index_en.cfm?pg=responses&showtoo=united_kingdom&show=post

PDF of SPIE comments: http://ec.europa.eu/research/csfri/pdf/contributions/post/united_kingdom/spie_europe_ltd..pdf#view=fit&pagemode=none

EC Research &Innovation website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/csfri/index_en.cfm?pg=home

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