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This report is a call to arms. Its aim is to help release the untapped potential of philanthropy for research funding in universities. Its main audience is people in universities: the university leadership, faculty, and fundraising units who are actually involved in fundraising activities or are considering the potential of philanthropy for funding university research. It is also addressed to people in government, whose policies influence the propensity and potential impact of philanthropic funding. It is however also addressed to philanthropists, highlighting how they can make a difference in supporting excellence in research in European universities.
The report's starting point is a point of urgency. Europe is falling behind in world-class research and to reverse this trend urgent action is needed. The EU has recognised this and has put together an ambitious strategy, setting specific objectives and putting in place policies to create a European Research Area (ERA). This involves creating world-class research infrastructures and research institutions, effective knowledge sharing, jointly-established research priorities and jointly-implemented programmes, an adequate low of mobile researchers, and an opening of the ERA to the world.
Most of these developments require funding, and in addition to funding from the government and from the private sector, philanthropy or 'giving' is a potentially important source, but it is not nearly as well developed in Europe as elsewhere, particularly in the US. This lower giving in Europe is clearly related to the European institutional context, with its high taxes and its tradition of public spending for education and research. In addition it is often said that whereas there is a culture of giving in Europe, it is not generally so for education or research.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23112 EN (2008), 138 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-23112-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-07821-7
Record Number: 200910194 / Last updated on: 2009-02-26
Original language: en
Available languages: en