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18 January 2010

Funds from the 7th EU framework programme for legal researchers


For the first time ever the faculty has received funds from the 7th EU framework programme. Giuseppe Mazziotti, Centre for Information and Innovation, has received the largest research grant of €231,160 of a total requested budget of €2.7 million. The grant is used for a 3-year joint research project entitled European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems (MEDIADEM).

The project seeks to understand and explain the factors that promote (or conversely, restrict) the development of policies for free and independent media. The project combines a country-based study in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom with a comparative analysis across media sectors and types of media services. The project examines the complex range of political strategies, and regulatory and self-regulatory practices that have been created to ensure media freedom and independence.

Giuseppe Mazziotti is not the only one with success.

Professor Hanne Petersen participates with professors Jørgen Nielsen, Centre for European Islamic Thought, UC and Lisbet Christoffersen, RUC in a consortium consisting of 13 partners from 10 countries, which has received a grant totalling €2.7 million of which €126,000 is allocated to UC. The project is about religious and secular values in Europe and is entitled Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe - Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy (RELIGARE).

The basis of the project is that religious and cultural diversity is a social reality in Europe, but politically this diversity is treated differently within the EU and the member states and raises a number of questions. The purpose of RELIGARE is to consider the consequences of freedom of religion for co-existence and interaction between religious and secular values in today's Europe. Specifically, the project will survey religious and secular values in relation to family, labour market, religion within the public domain and the state's relation to churches and religious community. The empirical study is carried out in 8 countries, including Denmark.

- At a time when more and more research funds are exposed to competition, it is a great pleasure to the faculty to observe that we can attract funding from the EU. Says an enthusiastic dean, who also sees a tendency towards easier access for legal researchers to benefit from EU funds.

The 7th EU framework programme has created a pool for The Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH), which makes it more relevant for the social sciences to apply for funding. In addition, the EU is working towards a better incorporation of SSH elements into the other programs. This will make it more relevant for legal researchers to orient themselves towards the EU funds.

In addition, it has become easier to participate in the 7th EU framework programme compared to the 6th programme as the Commission has simplified the administrative issues. And at the same time, UC and the Faculty of Law have injected technical and administrative staff resources to manage funds and help with the application process.

If you receive an EU grant of over €150,000, it triggers a bonus of DKK500,000 to the researchers at UC, which have helped prepare the application. The UC bonus is paid as a lump sum that can be freely used for research related purposes. And it is not a requirement that the activities have to do with the project that triggered the bonus. Rather, on the contrary.