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Policy Recommendations on fostering the participation of Danube region stakeholders in Horizon 2020 with a special focus on SMEs

Results of the second Danube-INCO.NET policy dialogue workshop on “Innovation Union and ERA in the Danube Region” are now available. Find below the discussion paper, the recommendations and presentations given at workshop.

  • Posted on: 27.11.2015
  • Ukraine
  • Year of publication: 2015

On 23 April 2015, research and innovation stakeholder from across the region met in Kiev, Ukraine, to continue the Danube-INCO.NET’s policy dialogue (launched in July 2014) on how to make progress towards the goals of the European Research Area (ERA) and the Innovation Union (IU) of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Recommendations are now published, intended to inspire policy-makers in promoting good framework conditions to enable national R&I actors, and particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) in non-EU countries, to participate strongly in international competitive R&I programmes, first and foremost Horizon 2020.

The recommendations include actions to advance policy influence on the programming processes of Horizon 2020, structural considerations providing scope for setting-up effective national support systems for potential applicants (National Contact Points - NCP’s), and governance aspects mobilizing R&I actors to participate in Horizon 2020 hence increasing national R&I performance, supporting a competitive economy and maximizing the positive impacts on the society.

A discussion paper had been prepared prior to the workshop, describing the context and current state-of-play in the topic area, thus providing a common point of departure for the discussion.
The event was co-organised by the Institute of Market Problems and Economical-Ecological Research (IMPEER) of the National Academy of Sciences Ukraine and the German Aerospace Centre Project Management Agency (DLR-PT).

Find the discussion paper, the recommendations and presentations given at workshop at the bottom of the page for download.
The recommendations may be spread widely among the interested public so as to make maximum impact.

In order to facilitate the policy dialogue, Danube-INCO.NET runs a series of three workshops on specific IU commitments and ERA priorities, respectively, to be  held in different non - EU Member States, i.e. Serbia, Ukraine and Moldova.
Each workshop focuses on a coherent set of topics related to ERA priorities and IU commitments, respectively, that have been identified as priority subject for the partners involved in the task, and that are of particular relevance for the host country. The first workshop in Belgrade focussed on “Optimal transnational co-operation and competition: Jointly addressing grand challenges” (ERA Priority 2), including through the “Joint establishment, operation and transnational use of national and European research infrastructures” (IU Commitment 5). The topic involves efforts to implementing joint research agendas addressing grand challenges, sharing information about activities in common priority areas, and ensuring that adequate national funding is committed and mutually interoperable.
The third workshop, to be held in the spring 2016 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, will explore actions conducive to increase the “effectiveness and efficiency of national research and innovation systems in the Danube region” (Priority 1 of the European Research Area framework).

Source: Internal | Document type: Danube-INCO.NET Deliverable, Internal document, Practical advice/guide | S&T field/scope: General | Affilation and Pillar: Danube-INCO.NET, Key stakeholders, Policy Dialogue | Geographical focus: Danube Region

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