FENS supports EBC calls for “Horizon Europe” budget increase

17 July 2018

Society & Partner News

17 July, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

The launch of the European Brain Council (EBC) statement “Counting down to zero: Towards a future with underfunded health research?” calls on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to increase the budget of the “Horizon Europe” programme to at least €120 billion.

The European Brain Council (EBC) welcomes the increase of the overall draft budget but firmly believes that the proposed budget as it currently stands is insufficient to effectively address today’s societal challenges. The treatment of brain disorders alone is estimated to cost close to €800 billion annually, which makes adopting a robust 9th Framework Programme with a strong focus on accelerating health research of paramount importance. What is more, the proposed budget for the “Health” cluster confirms a steady decrease of funding over time and across Framework Programmes, as health was previously allocated 12% under the 7th Framework Programme, 10% under Horizon 2020 and now 8% in the Horizon Europe proposal.

FENS is one of the signatories of the statement, which can be accessed here.