The trouble with Italian science support….

The interview with Italy’s new science minister, Fracesco Profumo is at ScienceInsider, here.

The quote from his which best captures the essence of the problem (although not the way I suspect he intended) is here:

We contributed 15% to the cost of Framework Programme 7, the predecessor to Horizon 2020, but we received only 8.5% of the funding in return—in other words, we lost about €500 million per year. Those are worrisome data.

He then, to be sure, goes on to suggest that Italy needs to submit better proposals.