11th July 2000

 

ACADEMIC IN BRUSSELS ON EU RESEARCH MISSION

 

A top Grimsby academic has just returned from a stint in Brussels where he has been working as a research evaluator for the European Commission.

 

Dr Peter Quantick, Director for Research in the Faculty of Social and Life Sciences at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, has been evaluating research projects put forward for the Fifth  Framework Programme.

 

The Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) sets out the priorities for the European Union's research, technological development and demonstration activities for the period 1998-2002. These priorities reflect the major concerns of increasing industrial competitiveness and the quality of life for European citizens.

 

“My work was a great opportunity to find out how the new evaluation processes operate for the 5th Framework Programme, and the experience will be very valuable in helping the university to prepare bids for funding from Europe.

 

“It was interesting to see how seriously the commission is taking the European added- value aspects of research proposals. Academically strong proposals are obviously important, but if they lack the necessary European dimension then they are unlikely to be funded.”

 

Key areas for funding include the ageing population and interdisciplinary research between food, health and psychology.

 

Dr Quantick plans to hold a staff development workshop to update university colleagues on the evaluation processes operating for the Fifth Framework in the autumn.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk