FP6 networks die away
Luxembourg – Billions of euros spent on so-called Networks of Excellence (NoEs) during the EU’s 6th Framework Programme appear to have brought little return. A new study by the European Court of Auditors has revealed that the EU’s plan to create stable expert networks was – at best – only partially successful. While NoEs that were created to overcome fragmentation and repeated work in Europe delivered good results, says the study, they often did not achieve progressive and self-sustaining integration of research activities between network partners. And integrated projects did not lead to more private investment into research, according to the report.