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This report addresses the question of how to increase giving for research through foundations in Europe. Until now, relatively little attention has been paid by the EU institutions to the role played by foundations that fund research activities in boosting Europe�s overall level of investment in R&D. These organisations however represent an important source of funding for some research activities, and could potentially be an important element in the EC strategy to create a European Research Area. In addition, research foundations have a qualitative impact on the direction and nature of research that is undertaken in Europe.
Realising this latent potential involves engaging all actors involved: national governments, EU institutions, foundations themselves, industry, universities and other research institutes, the public at large. It requires a clear commitment on a political level to move things forward. This is why this report formulates a set of clear and practical recommendations and addresses them to the different stakeholders.

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