In July 2012, the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission commissioned the Center for Philanthropic Studies at VU University Amsterdam, to coordinate a study on the contributions of foundations to research and innovation in the EU 27countries, Norway and Switzerland.
The European Foundations for Research and Innovation (EUFORI) study quantifies and assesses the policies for research and innovation of European foundations and their financial support, makes a comparative analysis between the EU Member States, identifies trends and the potential for future developments in this sector and explores ways to create coordinated activities at the EU level. The result is a first comprehensive mapping of the overall policy and legal framework as well as financial contributions of foundations supporting research and innovation across Europe.
One of the most salient conclusions of the study is that foundations account for at least 5 billion euros in annual investment in research and innovation. Next to government and businesses, foundations as such fulfill an important complementary role in financing and stimulating research and innovation. However, the foundation landscape is fragmented and assets are concentrated in a relatively small number of organizations. This raises interesting questions about barriers between actors financing research and innovation, but also about what can be achieved were these barriers to be overcome.
In order to know more about the study and debate other relevant findings, the European Commission is pleased to organize a workshop on 14 December 2015.
The event will take place at the European Commission building CDMA, Champ de Mars, situated at the rue du Champ de Mars, 21 in Brussels.
If you are interested in attending this event, please inform Ms Sibel Serbest, , by registering via the online form:
Please note that your expression of interest does not automatically confirm your participation to this event.