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Comments on the Rules of Participation and Design of the 7th EU Research Framework Programme from Private Non-Profit Research Organisations in Germany

Funded under: FP7-EURATOM

Abstract

In view of the present, predominantly unsustainable trends, research for sustainable development has to focus on the transformation of society, its patterns of production and consumption, its technological foundations, and the capacities and capabilities of different actor groups. Research cannot limit itself to the scientific exploration of the natural environment and changes in it. Research should prepare and support social and political change, without prejudicing decision processes. Research of this kind has to criticise and be able to take criticism, as well as being constructive and able to identify new approaches. Researchers have to work with those affected, and make the results - also preliminary ones - openly available for discussion; research has to be results-oriented and not stick too close to theory. The promotion of socio-economic and social-ecological research constitutes a beginning in this respect.
In the preparation of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), DG Research requested suggestions and experiences regarding research policy. These are compiled spontaneously in the following. This paper focuses on two aspects:
- The general need for more Trans-disciplinary Research (TdR)
- The improvement of the Rules of Participation

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Record Number: 7358 / Last updated on: 2006-04-26
Category: POLI
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