Conference on the role of foundations and private philanthropy in funding research -- Brussels, 27/28 March

January 31, 2006

Brussels, 30 Jan 2006

The European Commission is organising a conference on the role of foundations and private philanthropy in the field of research, to take place on and 28 March in Brussels, Belgium.

Participants will discuss how philanthropy - foundations, trusts, charities, etc. - can fund knowledge generation, in particular research activities, and explore strategies and initiatives to strengthen the potential of philanthropy as a source of funding for research in Europe. Guest speakers will include the EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potocnik.

Key issues to be examined include:

  • stocktaking of national initiatives to foster the role of foundations in research;

  • exploration of the various ways foundations fund research;

  • a review of cross-cutting issues relating to governance, legal and tax treatments of foundations funding research;

  • recent developments in philanthropic mechanisms to fund research;

  • views of donors on raising funds for research.

Further information

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2005
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