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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) is a new initiative of the European Commission to monitor and analyse research and innovation developments at Country and EU levels to support better policy making in Europe.

The Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (H2020 PSF) is a new instrument of the European Commission that gives Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020 practical support to design, implement and evaluate reforms that enhance the quality of their research and innovation investments, policies and systems.

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Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research has published a position paper saying that the proposed European Innovation Council should become a “one-stop shop” for innovators seeking EU funding.


The number of international employees at German higher education institutions grew by 84 per cent between 2006 and 2014, according to a report commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Uppsala University, the researchers' union SUHF and the Swedish Institute—which aims to promote Sweden abroad—have urged the government to boost Sweden’s international outlook in research.


Germany’s federal ministry for education and research has launched a competition for small and medium-sized businesses to form strategic alliances with other companies and academics.


Almost 75% of the Bulgarian enterprises do not innovate according to the new report of the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute on the innovation activities of the business sector in 2012-2014.


Sweden has experienced a lower growth rate in the proportion of highly cited academic articles compared with other countries, a research barometer has revealed.

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The Research Barometer’s focus is on public funding of research, and research performed at Higher Education Institutions. The Research Barometer gives an overview of the Swedish research system in international comparison. The Research Barometer describes three parts of the system: financial resources, the personnel in the system and the results that are generated in terms of publications. In short, the Research Barometer shows that Sweden is doing well as a research nation when compared with other countries.

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The planning and construction of new research infrastructures requires substantial financial investment from public funds that must be carefully targeted because not all concepts can be realized. The necessary process of prioritisation should occur in a transparent and public manner. This is the rationale behind the National Roadmap Process for Research Infrastructures that was put in place by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research in August 2015, following the pilot process "Roadmap for Research Infrastructures" which was conducted from 2011 to 2013.

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The annual report by the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) provides a comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the German innovation system in an international comparison. The thematic priority of the reports is not set on the publication of individual, isolated facts, indicators or trends, but on the development of a general view and the most important recommendations for actions on innovation policy.

Related websites

JRC Science Hub

Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P)

OECD Innovation Policy Platform

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