The recent decision by the European Commission to implement drastic cuts to its research program has prompted a wide-ranging outcry from scientists across Europe. The European Commission wants to implement significant cuts in its research program, but has not yet provided any evidence to justify these claims and so it is difficult to ascertain how the proposals will impact on the future of European science.
If implemented, the European Commission’s plans to cut the budgets for the Horizon 2020 program by at least 50% could have major implications for many areas of science across Europe. The Commission has said that it hopes to increase the level of public funding for scientific research, while cutting costs for the science that is funded by private foundations. As such, there are two competing camps within the scientific community: those who believe that the cuts are unnecessary and wasteful, and those who believe that the cuts are necessary to ensure that the European research program meets the demands of the times.
The reduction of public research budgets has come about as a direct result of a global recession. The global financial crisis means that countries around the world are struggling to meet their own budgets for science, technology, and research. Many countries are now facing serious difficulties in meeting their own research commitments, meaning that they need additional support in order to keep their research programs on track.
In order to fill the void left behind by reduced public investment, the European Commission is proposing to implement cuts to the overall budget of the Horizon 2020 research program. These cuts will impact all areas of science and research, and it is important to understand why they are occurring, and what they will mean for the future. While many scientists remain skeptical about the impact that the proposed cuts to the science funding might have, others are increasingly concerned about the impact of such proposals on the continued viability of European research.
The reduction in the funding levels of the European research program is part of the wider efforts to reduce expenditure throughout Europe as part of efforts to reduce the deficit. In addition to the cut in science funding, other areas of research have also suffered substantial cuts, including health and education research and environmental protection research.
As well as the overall budget, the cut will affect the number of grants that are awarded by European universities and other institutions for the conduct of research. This can have significant implications for research, because the fewer grants that universities and other institutions are awarded will make it harder for them to conduct research in certain areas of study, and will also mean that they will be forced to reduce the research that they conduct in those areas.
The major impact that the proposed cuts to the Horizon 2020 program will have on European science will mean that it will become more difficult to conduct research in Europe. The cut in funds is expected to reduce the number of European researchers, making it increasingly difficult to conduct research that can be used to improve the quality of life and environment in Europe. The most immediate effect will be a reduction in the number of qualified scientists that can be employed in the field of science and research, since more researchers are likely to be required to undertake more advanced degrees, and fewer research grants are available.
However, some scientists believe that the proposal will have a far more substantial and long-lasting impact on the scientific community and so argue that the proposed cuts to the European research program should be seriously considered. They argue that the cuts will leave the country with fewer scientists than the current numbers that it currently has, and that the number of researchers it does have will reduce the diversity of scientific research. Other members of the scientific community argue that these arguments are simply not supported by the evidence. Both arguments are disputed by scientists from the majority of the other European countries who have not yet announced their plans to increase or reduce their own budgets.