The European Cancer Research Funding Survey, funded by the European Commission, has found that EU Member States spend seven times less per person than the
The survey also noted that more than half of European cancer research is funded by the charitable sector, and that there are opportunities for increased collaboration and cooperation both between funders around the EU and between different research disciplines.
‘The EU is massively behind the
‘It would appear that the problem lies both with a lack of central EU funding and with inequality between Member States, with many failing to support cancer researchers adequately in their own countries,’ he added.
According to the report, the
The report also shows enormous variations in spending on cancer research across the EU in 2002 and 2003. For example, the
According to Dr. Sullivan, the Commission and national governments should urgently address the issue of the huge disparity in cancer research funding between Member States. National governments should increase their own funding, and the Commission should review its funding policy and aim to improve coordination and cooperation across the EU.
The survey goes on to show that the EU concentrates its funding on basic research at the expense of preventive and clinical research. Biology receives 41% of all cancer research funding, compared with 20% for treatment and 4% for prevention. In contrast, the
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