Shaping the future of European measurement research
Results from the public consultation on the future direction of European metrology research under Horizon 2020, the European framework programme for research and innovation, have been published. The consultation offered individuals and organisations the opportunity to give their views on the current state of play of metrology research in Europe and the challenges it faces.
An impressive total of 624 responses were received to the online questionnaire. They came from 27 EU countries and more than 10 countries outside the European Union. This emphasises the international interest in EURAMET's current research initiative, the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP), and its replacement, the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR).
The analysis of the responses delivers valuable insights: On average, 97% of the participants think that metrology research is very relevant or relevant for addressing grand societal challenges, enhancing European competitiveness, and supporting European policies, standardisation and regulations. The answers demonstrate that there is a clear preference for a new, reinforced Article 185 initiative under Horizon 2020. Accordingly, the EU wishes to continue its participation in a new and broadened successor programme to the EMRP. 92% of the respondents are of the opinion that this policy option is very suitable or appropriate.
EURAMET is delighted with the high level of response. Dr Kamal Hossain, Chairperson of EURAMET and NPL's Director, Research & International commented:
"For EURAMET the evaluation was a crucial step in judging support for EMPIR. We are happy that so many of our stakeholders have supported us and we thank them for their contributions."
For further details, please contact Kamal Hossain