How does Maire Geoghegan-Quinn scratch her seven-year itch? By going on a spending binge, but in a good way: the EU science commissioner wants to increase funding for scientific research by tens of billions of euros. On 30 November, Geoghegan-Quinn presented the new €80 billion envelope, up from €50.5 billion for the previous seven-year funding programme. Horizon 2020, as the initiative is dubbed, will run from 2014 to 2020. "We need a new vision for European research and innovation in a dramatically changed economic environment," Geoghegan-Quinn told euobserver.com. To which the Commission added in a prepared statement: "[The funding programme] focuses more than ever on turning scientific breakthroughs into innovative products and services that provide business opportunities. At the same time it cuts red tape, with simplification of rules and procedures." They had me up until the part about cutting red tape. This is coming from Brussels, right? Much of the additional money is being siphoned from agricultural subsidies, representing a growing shift in emphasis on high-tech industry at the expense of farming and hitherto quite prosperous cows. It is worth noting that much of the research money targets healthcare-related projects. The proposed budget increase must still be approved by the European Parliament. The Commission hopes a final budget will be adopted by the end of 2013.