The end of pre-competitive research?

The Framework Programme of the European Union has become a household name within the European research and development community. It has become the main instrument of the European Commission for the support of research and development within the Member States.

The status of the Framework Programme as such has been laid down in the Treaty establishing the European Union (art 130 I). There it is said that the Commission has to use a Framework Programme for the implementation of its R&D activities.

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