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Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 59, Issue 9, pp 2036–2039 | Cite as

The State of Research in Europe and in Italy: The Risks of Short-Sighted Decisions

  • Ignazio R. Marino
  • Claudia Cirillo
GRG Profiles and Perspectives

Abstract

Research is facing declining funding rates everywhere, affecting the cultural and economic growth of some of major world powers. We looked at the choices on funding allocation made by the USA and by Europe, to compare priorities and analyze consequences. Also, within Europe, we focused on Italy and on its consistent brain-drain phenomenon, as an example of short-sighted research policies that appear to require not only the urgent infusion of monetary resources and the creation of new job opportunities, but also and especially a general change of cultural approach.

Keywords

Brain-drain Funding R&D Research 

Abbreviations

APRE

Agency for the Promotion of Research in Europe

CNR

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

CNRS

Comitè National de la Recherche Scientifique

ENEA

Energia Nucleare ed Energie Alternative

EU

European Union

EUR

Euro

FDA

Food and Drug Administration

7FP

7th Framework Program of the European Commission

GDP

Gross Domestic Product

H2020

Horizon 2020

NIH

National Institutes of Health

OECD

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

R&D

Research and Development

US

United States

USD

US Dollar

Notes

Conflict of interest

None.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryJefferson Medical CollegePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biology, College of Science and TechnologyTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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