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The Danish Council for Independent Research is a member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and has for years participated in the ESF’s EUROCORES programme consisting of a number of large and often multidisciplinary efforts in which the research itself and now also the coordination of the programme is funded by the participating member organizations. The programme is currently under review due to the forthcoming merger of the European Science Foundation and EUROHORCs.
The current EUROCORES programme involves joint calls and selection of proposals for new research at European level, after which common calls and international evaluation of applications are made. Formally, grant powers and funding remains at national level. The participating research councils therefore decide for themselves what specific EUROCORES they want to participate in and co-finance. A EUROCORES Programme is launched only if adequate funding is obtained from the participating national research councils.
In the field of education and training most of the obstacles have been resolved. There are a still a number of problems and uncertainties related to the European Collaborative Research Programes (EUROCORES).
1. Many of the participating research councils find that the procedure is too bureaucratic and time consuming.
2. Several councils are of the opinion that the professional quality of international applications may not always reflect the quality of national applications.
3. The model implies a risk that national co-financing will be eroded if it turns out that more projects with national participation qualify in the final ranking than the respective council has set aside funds for in its budget.
To overcome obstacles for Nordic cooperation and mobility for students, researchers and workers the Nordic Council of Ministers has established the Nordic Cross-Border Forum with the aim of taking care of all challenges concerning obstacles. Despite working on this issue for several years where some problems have been resolved there are still some technical and administrative obstacles to overcome.