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EUA Newsletter 13    16 July 2010

Stakeholders request urgent revision of Innovative Medicines Joint Technology Initiative (IMI)

The Innovative Medicines Joint Technology Initiative (IMI) was launched by the European Commission in May 2007. From the beginning, major stakeholder groups – including EUA – have expressed concerns about IMI’s intellectual property rights policy and its funding model.

 

These concerns have been repeated on several occasions and have been transmitted to the IMI Member States Group, the IMI Joint Undertaking (JU) Governing Board and the European Commission. The IMI JU is currently reviewing its intellectual property policy and the funding rules for reimbursement of indirect costs.

 

For this reason, a group of IMI stakeholders (including EUA) has decided to publish a joint statement to provide useful input in this review process and ensure that these concerns are addressed.

 

The IMI JU has already launched two calls for proposals and is preparing a third call. Participation in the first two calls has been well below potential, because many organisations – SMEs, research organisations and universities – have not participated fully as a result of concerns regarding the complex and potentially un-balanced IMI IP policy and unattractive funding model.

 

The Statement notes that IMI funding model needs to be sufficiently competitive to attract the best players and to allow SMEs to engage effectively in large numbers. IMI funding rules should also be modelled on FP7 funding rules and the starting point for calculating funding rates should be coverage of the full costs of research. As EUA has already stressed on numerous occasions, the current 20% cap on the reimbursement of indirect research costs ignores economic reality and must be lifted as a matter of urgency.

 

The stakeholder organisations believe that the necessary reforms must be implemented in time for the third IMI call for proposals. This is essential if IMI is to achieve its objectives of fostering long-lasting and fruitful collaborations between research organisations, SMEs, universities and pharmaceutical companies and if it is serious about creating biomedical R&D leadership in Europe to benefit patients and society.

 

Please click here to download the full statement.

EUA Annual Report now online

EUA is pleased to present the online publication of its 2009 Annual report. The publication gives a detailed overview of all EUA’s work – including all of its key policy initiatives, projects and events, together with a detailed breakdown of EUA’s governing bodies, and membership development over the last year.

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Policy and Projects News

Report from the 12th Transatlantic Dialogue Meeting (25 - 28 June 2010)

On 25 – 28 June 2010, the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the European University Association (EUA) convened approximately 30 college and university heads from Canada, Europe, and the United States in the 12th Transatlantic Dialogue, hosted by New York University.

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EUA contribution to New Energy strategy for Europe 2011-2020

EUA has submitted on behalf of its members a written contribution to the European Commission’s public consultation: ‘Towards a new Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020’. EUA holds the firm view that Europe’s universities should have a recognised and distinct role to play in the forthcoming new EU Energy Strategy.

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17th Joint Meeting of the ENIC and NARIC Networks, 20-22 June 2010; Sèvres, France

The joint meeting of the ENIC and NARIC Networks (European Network of Information Centres in the European Region and the National Academic Recognition Information Centres in the European Union) was a platform for personnel from both networks to share and update information in the area of qualification/degree recognition. EUA attends these meetings as an observer.
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Events News

5th European Quality Assurance Forum, Lyon, France (18-20 November 2010)

EUA is pleased to announce that registrations will soon be open for the 5th European Quality Assurance Forum, ‘Building bridges: making sense of QA in European, national and institutional contexts’, that will take place on 18-20 November 2010 and will be hosted by University Claude Bernard Lyon I, France.
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News from Brussels

EC Consultation on the 7th Framework Programme (FP7)

As part of the Interim Evaluation of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), the European Commission has launched a public consultation. The FP7 interim evaluation is a major exercise to examine progress and provide recommendations both to help with the implementation of FP7 and to shape ideas for the next Framework Programme.
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Spain hands EU Presidency over to Belgium

The Belgian government has announced its priorities for its six-month Presidency of the EU (July-December 2010), which fall in line with those announced and pursued by Spain in the framework of the “trio Presidency” with Hungary.

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