Ireland must secure political agreement on new European research funding, argues Sherlock

9 May 2013

Minister Seán Sherlock, TD, speaks at the opening of the Future Internet Assembly in Dublin yesterday

Ireland must secure an EU-wide deal for research funding for the European Union’s new programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020 before the end of its term as President of the Council of the EU. That’s according to Minister Sean Sherlock, TD, who was speaking at the opening of the Future Internet Assembly in Dublin yesterday.

Sherlock was speaking at the opening of the three-day Future Internet Assembly, which started yesterday at Dublin City University’s Helix venue.

The Future Internet Assembly is a research community-driven initiative that is supported by more than 150 research projects that have recognised the need to strengthen European activities on the future internet in order to maintain European competitiveness in the global marketplace.

The Dublin event is focusing on how European future internet research and innovation will support EU’s competitiveness and enable a new wave of technologies. It was organised by the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology.

Speaking yesterday, the Minister for Research and Innovation said that political agreement needs to be reached soon between the various European bodies on Horizon 2020.

Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80bn budget, Horizon 2020 is the successor to the EU’s FP7 programme.

“There must be a seamless transit between FP7 and Horizon 2020. It is critical that we get institutional agreement soon,” said Sherlock.

He said that he was determined to progress this matter during the Irish Presidency of the EU.

“We do not want to see a hiatus or a vacuum develop,” added Sherlock.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic