Monday, July 16, 2007

Israeli Science Renews Ties to European Union, Defying Calls for Boycott

The Chronicle:

Under an agreement signed today by Israeli and European Union officials, Israel will contribute about $607-million to the European Union’s six-year, $69-billion research budget, known as the Seventh Framework Program. Israeli scientists will also be eligible to compete for financing from the newly created European Research Council.

Israel has collaborated with the European Union’s framework programs since the previous installment, which ran from 2002 to 2006, and the 27-member bloc is Israel’s second-largest source of science funds after the Israel Science Foundation. But the renewal of the association comes as some in the EU are seeking to sever academic ties with Israel, not foster them.

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