A group of experienced European actors have launched a declaration requesting the significant simplification of the administrative burden and the financial framework of European research funding. This is in line with the recommendations and conclusions of many European expert groups. The key message of this recent and bottom- up declaration is that funding of European research should be based on trust and responsible partnering. Research has to be funded according to the nature of research while at the same time ensuring an appropriate level of accountability. This declaration is for the attention of the European Council of Ministers and the Parliament.