Science and Technology Committee

No. 5 - Session 2002-2003

21 November 2002



The Science and Technology Committee is to conduct an inquiry into: the extent to which the UK is taking advantage of the opportunities for the  funding of science and technology research offered by the EU Framework Programmes; and the effectiveness of existing EU mechanisms for funding this research.

In particular, the Committee will be considering:-

●    is the UK getting value for money from the Framework Programmes?

●    is the Government doing enough to promote the participation of UK research establishments and industry in the Sixth Framework Programme and the European Research Area?

●    is the process for obtaining EU funds sufficiently transparent and straightforward?

●    is there continuity between successive framework programmes?

●    what is the potential impact of EU enlargement, and what changes are needed for Framework 7?

●    is the process for the selection of priority areas and the awarding of funding to projects fair: is the balance between pure and applied research right; and are the time frames for funding projects adequate?

●    what is the best role of EU research institutions such as the Joint Research Centre; are they cost effective?

●    what should UK policy be towards the proposals for a European Research Council?

●    is the allocation of funding through the EURATOM programme right?

The Committee would welcome written evidence from interested organisations and individuals addressing these points.  Evidence should be submitted by 4pm on Friday 17 January 2003. Oral evidence sessions will be held in February and March.

Evidence should be sent in hard copy to the Clerk of the Science and Technology Committee, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.  Please send an electronic version also, in word format, via e-mail to or on disk.  Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Further information on the work of the Committee can be obtained from Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4.

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Note for Editors

1.    Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to examine the "expenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies". The Committee was appointed on 12 November 2001.