The European Commission have recently released a Green Paper which proposes major changes to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and provide better value for money. The changes, to be introduced in the next EU budget after 2013, would bring together the current Framework Programme for research, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
To gather opinions on these changes the commission has launched a consultation which is open to all interested individuals and organisations.
There are a number of ways to give your input - either through an online questionnaire, by submitting a written response, through an interactive blog or by attending one of their upcoming events on the topic. All the responses received will be taken into account by the Commission when designing the final proposals.
To have your say simply visit the consutation website for more information. The deadline for contributions is Friday 20 May 2011.