The manifesto below from European scientists says the COVID-19 crisis should provide an opportunity for Europe to reconsider its science funding models – particularly the emphasis on competitive funding – and focus on a more cross-disciplinary approach to build a better and more sustainable future:

Science seems to have moved to the forefront. Over the past three months, national governments have systematically claimed to rely on scientific advice to provide the most robust analyses of the current pandemic and to develop evidence-based policies.

Simultaneously, funding for research on COVID-19 is largely being made available, many scientific journals are providing open access to their content, an open data policy is being implemented at many levels to speed up the development of possible treatments and solutions and collaborative, cross-disciplinary and open science is being strongly promoted.

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