ZEW President Wolfgang Franz welcomed some 200 participants from academia, politics and the economy from 20 countries to the SEEK kick-off conference "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK). Stefan Mappus, Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, and Márie Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, gave the opening speeches at the conference.
The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) welcomes the submission of project proposals for its new research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK). The programme seeks to bolster international cooperation between researchers of all economic disciplines.
The state government of Baden-Wuerttemberg is financing a landmark project at ZEW in Mannheim to strengthen the economic top level research. In 2010 and 2011, the research programme will be financed with a total of three million euro.
For each project, the budget requested may be up to 200,000 euros for a duration of 12 to 18 months. Projects must be carried out in close cooperation between ZEW researchers and international project partner(s). The deadline for project proposals is July 31, 2010.