(Nature.com) The European Union has partially approved the shape of its next giant research-spending program. The EU’s much sought after multi-year research programmes support academic and commercial research across its 28 member states and other countries that pay to join. The current version of the fund, called Horizon 2020, these have included €1-billion projects on brain science and quantum technologies.
Plenty remains up for grabs with Horizon Europe. The new parliament could shrink its provisional budget — currently proposed at around €107 billion, which includes a €13 billion fund for defence-related research. It could reapportion funding within this programme. And it might stymie the hopes of the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, to further open up Horizon Europe to distant non-EU partners, such as Canada or South Korea, and to the United Kingdom after Brexit.