Research budget not sufficiently ambitious
Denmarks research councils are pleased that the country now has a separate national research budget (Forskningens Finanslov, FFL) for 2004. The FFL means that there will be a stabiliastion of state research funding but outlines no guide to how Denmark might reach its goal og 3 % to research of GDP by 2010.
- By releasing FFl 2004 the Government has taken an important step in the right direction, states chair man of Forskningsforum, Jørgen Søndergaard.
- We now have a national budget for research, which is a progress in itself. We now have the possibility to follow the development year by year. This gives transparence and is a starting point for discussion on priorities.
The FFL means a stabilisation of state funding for the coming years, but there will be no growth in 2004. tha Research councils and Forskningsforum today have approx. 1,2 billion DKK. But if Denmark is to reach the Barcelona goal, they will need an additional 6 billion DKK.