Commission’s new long-term EU budget proposal will boost health research and development funding
The European Commission will release an updated proposal for the EU’s long-term budget, the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework (MFF), on May 27, 2020, which will include a plan for COVID-19 recovery that will boost spending for health research and development assistance. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented the outline of the proposal to the European Parliament on May 13, which will include three pillars:
- Supporting recovery for member states;
- Kick-starting the economy and private investment; and
- Learning the immediate lessons of the crisis, including strengthening RescEU and the Horizon Europe research program, creating a new health program, and strengthening instruments for Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation and for pre-accession assistance.
The Commission has indicated that it is exploring a possible new research partnership on pandemic preparedness and would not cut funding for non-COVID-19 health research in its proposal.
Press release - European Commission
President von der Leyen’s speech transcript - European Commission
News article on pandemic partnership - Science|Business
News article on research funding - Science|Business