Online petition to secure the EU research and innovation budget

Dear colleagues,


The discussions at the next summit of the European Union heads of state or government, which is scheduled for 22 and 23 November, will be decisive in determining the EU research budget for the next seven years.  Several Member States are demanding severe cuts on the total EU budget and research will have to compete with other policy priorities.


This is a time when we, the scientific community, should act together and make our case to protect research funding, including that of the European Research Council (ERC), from cuts. Decisions will be prepared in discussions  among politicians at the national level. All of us must look for opportunities to affect these decisions and send a strong signal to the  heads of state or government.


An open letter signed by European Nobel laureates has been published in top European newspapers this week. The impact of this letter will be increased if it is followed by a mobilization of the national scientific communities.  To keep the momentum going, an online petition has been launched:


This action is coordinated by the Initiative for Science in Europe  (; contact Wolfgang Eppenschwandtner, Executive Coordinator of the ISE if you have any questions or suggestions.